“The View” co-host Joy Behar has shocked everyone and left the show — temporarily.
Joy Behar has left the popular daytime talk show to isolate herself amid fears of the rapidly spreading coronavirus. At the urging of her daughter, Behar is taking every precaution to protect against the virus.
It is likely we will see other celebrities in Behar’s age group taking similar precautions.
At-risk age group
Joy Behar is 77 years old and thus is in the group of people most threatened by the Coronavirus. The elderly and others with underlying health conditions are the most at-risk group for contracting the virus and experiencing severe symptoms.
Behar issued the statement announcing her departure saying, “I’m in a higher risk group because of my age, but I’m perfectly healthy. I don’t look my age, but I’m actually up there. The number makes me dizzy.”
It is unknown how long Behar will be absent from the show. It is also possible the other members of the show will also opt to play it safe by isolating themselves as well.
Coronavirus is affecting everyone, even the elite and the ultrarich aren’t safe from the fear of a life-threating illness.
Behar’s announcement comes after news broke earlier this week that actor Tom Hanks has contracted the coronavirus.
With sporting leagues canceling or postponing their seasons worldwide, live TV shows are likely the next thing to face major disruption.
Shows like “The View” are filmed in front of a live audience that involves hundreds of people. Such events are a high risk for spreading the disease.
According to the New York Times on Thursday, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and “Late Night With Seth Meyers” are all suspending their productions until the end of the month, and some other shows are filming in front of empty studios.
As governments and drug companies work around the clock to develop treatments for the disease, the solution is still a ways off. The CDC and infectious disease specialists are urging everyone to “socially isolate” in order to slow the spread of the virus, and celebrities are not exempt from that recommendation.