Hillary Clinton is joining “The View” – replacing Joy Behar!
Joy Behar, a longtime standup comic and liberal, has been on the ABC talk show since 1997. She said she would leave in August of this year, when her contract expires. Her exit leaves Barbara Walters as the show’s only remaining original co-host.
“It seemed like the right time,” Behar told Deadline. “You reach a point when you say to yourself, ‘Do I want to keep doing this?’ There are other things on my plate I want to do — I’ve been writing a play, I’ve been neglecting my standup.”
Walters reportedly announced that Hillary Clinton would be replacing Behar. Since leaving her post as Secretary of State, Hillary has been fielding many offers for job opportunities. Barbara Walters is a dear friend of Hillary’s and it’s something completely different for the former First Lady. “She’s thrilled to be joining The View,” said a close friend of Hillary. “She’ll still be running for President in 2016, but this will allow her to have some fun every day.
“The View” has not had a cast change since 2007, when Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd arrived. It has weathered many storms — most notably, the extremely acrimonious departures of Rosie O’Donnell and Star Jones. Behar, however, has been a constant.
Producers of the show feel like the got the “Holy Grail” by signing Hillary to a two-year contract. “Hillary is the most popular politician in the world and to have her on set every day with Elizabeth, Whoopi, Barbara and Sherri… well, we are thrilled!”
Here was Hillary’s last appearance on The View back in 2007: