Joy Behar Announces Her Retirement, Then Takes It Back

Written by Carmine Sabia

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Joy Behar is a paragon of anti-President Donald Trump hate-mongering on the ABC daytime talk show “The View.”

The hardcore progressives love her and her non-stop hate barrage, but they are going to be disappointed at her most recent decision.

The 77-year-old comedian and host has decided to retire from the show in 2022, after being on the panel for 21 seasons, Variety reported.

She gave the date in the new paperback version of her book “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View.’”

“I have a three-year contract,” she said “But that doesn’t mean I can’t leave if I want to, because they can’t really do anything to me at this point. I don’t see myself staying for more [time]. That’s it! I could be wrong. If I’m as fabulous in [2022] as I am now, I’ll think about. But the chances of that happening…” … “You know, time marches on. I’m not a kid.”

A representative for the network said that Behar’s exit is not a done deal and that she may stay beyond her contract.

“This is not true,” the representative said. “Joy was asked what happens at the end of her contract and as she herself made clear in the interview if she’s ‘as fabulous in [2022] as I am now,’ she will be in her seat at the table.”

Behar joined the show in 1997 and is the longest-tenured host, though she did leave the show for a time when she was fired in 2013.

At that time the producers wanted the show to be less political, but she was rehired in 2015 and the show has become a nonstop liberal lovefest or hatefest as the case may be.

It has brought on conservative co-hosts, ut in the age of President Trump even the conservatives are Never Trumpers.

This year, on March 13, Behar left the show for a self-imposed hiatus to quarantine herself, due to her advanced age, during the coronavirus pandemic.

She has since been doing the show from her home, as have the other hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Meghan McCain, and Sunny Hostin.

And this week she used the show to deny the rumors that she was planning to retire, even though the rumors were started by her own words.

“They’re always talking about me leaving the show,” she said. ‘But I’m not leaving the show. Let me say the rumors of my retirement have been greatly exaggerated.”

“You know, here’s the thing, what am I going to do?” Behar said. “This pandemic has changed the game. At one point you think, “Gee, I could retire and take a cruise around the world.”

“I won’t even watch reruns of Love Boat at this point. So, where am I gonna go? What will I do? I need to be on television,” she said.

And then she did what she does best by managing to take a swipe at conservatives and the conservative media.

“I mean I’m a job creator over at Breitbart. Everything I say appears on Breitbart. I don’t see how I could leave,” she said.

Conservative Meghan McCain, the daughter of former senator and war hero John McCain, jokingly said she would not allow Behar to leave.

“You’re not leaving. It’s not an option. None of us are going to allow you to go,” she said.