The view Host Joy Behar debunked retirement rumors as she celebrated her 80th birthday on Oct. 7. Despite rumors to the contrary, she “has no plans to step down from her post as the ABC Talker’s longest-serving host.” Behar stars on the series alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines, Ana Navarro, Sunny Hostin and Alyssa Farah Griffin.
Behar was one of the original panelists hired for the launch The view in 1997. She performed when host Barbara Walters was on days off. Alongside Meredith Vieira as host, Behar co-starred on the series alongside Star Jones, Debbie Matenopoulos and Barbara Walters. Behar first provided comic relief for the panel by hosting a segment called “Joy’s Comedy Corner,” which featured both established and emerging comedians.
On March 7, 2013, Behar announced that she was leaving the series. However, she continued to guest present in 2014 and early 2015. Behar returned as a regular co-host on the show’s season 19 debut.
In an interview with People Magazine, Behar debunked persistent retirement rumors as she celebrated her 80th birthday.
“I just signed a contract, so I’m staying here for a while,” she said. “I have no plans to retire.”
“It’s an important show in many ways,” she continued. “Sometimes I don’t believe that because I’ve been here from the start, but during the day we’re the most watched show. Most viewed!
“I’m happy to be a part of it. So no, I’m not going anywhere. I’m having a good time,” Behar concluded.
Behar told author Ramin Setoodeh in 2020 that she was unlikely to continue The view after her 80th birthday.
“I can’t imagine staying longer [time]. That’s it!” said Behar in Setoodeh’s bestseller Ladies Who Hit: The Explosive Inside Story of The View. “I have a three-year contract,” Behar said in the book.
“But that doesn’t mean I can’t go if I want to because they can’t do anything to me at that point. I might be wrong. When I’m so fabulous  As I am now, I will think about it. But the chances of that happening. You know, time flies. I am not a child.”
However, Behar renewed her contract in 2022. Her rep confirmed the deal, saying rumors of her client’s resignation were “fake news” to the New York Post. The new contract will keep Behar on the series until 2025.
The view airs weekdays at 11 p.m. EST on ABC.
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