Joy Behar has been a staple of The View since her debut in 1997. The daytime co-host made the news this week when it was reported that she was planning to retire. The news of the comedian’s release from the ABC talk show caused shock waves everywhere. Behar was not on Wednesday’s show, but when her returned Thursday, she finally addressed the issue.
The View: How did Joy Behar react?
When Joy Behar returned to the show, Goldberg faced the rumor of her retirement early in the hour.
“They always talk about me leaving the show,” she said laughing. “I’m not leaving the show.” The rumors about my retirement were greatly exaggerated.”
Joy Behar made it clear that she is not thinking of retiring from the show that made her famous, especially in the midst of the health crisis.
“This pandemic has changed the game,” she added. “At some point you think, ‘Man, I could retire and cruise around the world.” At this point, I’m not even gonna watch Love Boat reruns. So where am I gonna go? What am I gonna do? I need to go on television.”
The comedian always injects her humour when he speaks and this is no exception. She said she couldn’t leave because it would create more unemployment.
“Let’s not forget that I employ the right-wing media,” she continued. I’m a job creator at Breitbart.” Everything I say appears on Breitbart”. I don’t see how I could leave”.
Joy Behar also clarified her quote, leading everyone to believe she was leaving the show in two years. “What I said to the reporter who reported this is, ‘If I’m as fabulous in 2022 as I am now, I’ll probably be here,'” Joy Behar said. “You just don’t know it. Nobody knows what he’s gonna do in the next two years. Look what just happened to all of us in this world. We never saw this coming. For now the answer is no, I’m not going anywhere.”
The View: What did the original report say?
The View’s political commentator gave an interview to Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh. The author interviewed Behar for his book Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View about all the gossip behind the scenes of the morning show. In her quote, Behar reveals that her contract expired in 2022.
“I have a three-year contract,” Behar said. But that doesn’t mean I can’t leave if I want to, because at this point they can’t do anything to me.” I can’t see myself staying longer [time]. That’s all! I may be wrong. If I’m as fabulous in  as I am now, I’ll think about it. But the chances of that happening…”.
After this was published, the news went viral.