The hosts of The View change pretty often. It’s hard to keep up as hosts come and go. Luckily, the mainstays keep us hooked.
That seemed like it might also change as reports surfaced that Joy Behar had made plans to retire from the show.
The news surprised many longtime viewers of the morning talk show. Joy is the only remaining host from the original panel. Although she hasn’t always been a full-time host, her absence would certainly mark a new chapter.
Variety reported that Joy plans to retire when her contract is up in 2022. However, Joy is saying that isn’t quite the case.
Although none of us know what the future holds, Joy joked, “Rumors of my retirement have been greatly exaggerated.” She also pointed to the changing world around us as a reason why planning ahead doesn’t quite make sense right now. It seems Joy wants to be in it for the long haul, and viewers don’t mind one bit.
On Wednesday, Variety reported that Joy Behar had revealed plans to retire from The View. In an interview with Ramin Setoodeh for Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of “The View,” Joy allegedly discussed plans to leave the show after her contract is up. She is signed with the ABC talk show through 2022.
“I have a three-year contract,” Joy explained in the book. “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  as I am now, I’ll think about. But the chances of that happening … “
“You know, time marches on. I’m not a kid,” she continued.
Other sources allege that Joy has been contemplating a 2022 exit from the show. She would be just shy of her 80th birthday at that time.
There were mixed reactions to the news of Joy’s potential departure. Longtime fans of the show really love her and appreciate how much of her career has been dedicated to the show. To these fans, a departure would be heartbreaking.
There’s also a large portion of the viewership that would be happy to see her go. She’s become a polarizing figure, like half the hosts have become, for being critical of the current administration. They believe she’s out of touch and often disrespectful of conservative viewpoints.
However, a spokesperson from ABC has denied the retirement claim. “This is not true,” a representative from the network 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  as I am now,’ she will be in her seat at the table.”
Joy addressed the rumors herself on Thursday’s episode. “Rumors of my retirement have been greatly exaggerated,” she said.
“Here’s the thing — what am I going to do? 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 The Love Boat at this point.”
“So where am I gonna go? What will I do? You know, I need to be on television,” she continued. “Let’s not forget that I provide employment for right-wing media. I’m a job creator at Breitbart. I don’t see how I could leave.”
The cohosts started joking with Joy about just how much they need her around. Whoopi Goldberg said that Joy leaving would be “breaking up the band.” Then Meghan McCain said how much she was going to need Joy around during her pregnancy.
“I read [the news] online yesterday and immediately called Joy, and was like, ‘this is not an option,’” Meghan said.
“You’re not leaving, I’m not leaving, none of us are leaving! There’s a pandemic, and an election, and the world is insane … It’s not an option, Joy. We’re not going to let you go.”
Joy’s history on The View is a long and storied one. She was one of the original panelists when the talk show launched in 1997. She started as a stand-in on Barbara Walters’ days off but quickly became a full-time host.
Joy decided to take time away from the show to pursue other projects in 2013. She still guest-hosted throughout 2014. By September of 2015, she made her return as a full-time cohost. The show’s current season is Joy’s 21st season on the show.