Joy Behar had planned to retire from ‘The View’ in 2022 … but something else happened

Avowed Trump-hating liberal Joy Behar is the only remaining original co-host of ABC’s “The View,” and there have been persistent rumors for years that she would soon call it quits for the long-running daytime talk show.

Behar herself even said at one point that she didn’t see herself staying on the panel discussion program past the end of her then-contract that expired in 2022, the Conservative Brief reported.

However, subsequent events suggest that Behar’s prediction on the course of her own career was inaccurate, as she continues to be a regular co-host on “The View.”

Planned to retire in 2022

Variety reported exclusively in April 2020 that Behar, in her own words, stated that she foresaw herself retiring in 2022 when her contract at that time with ABC was finished.

In an interview for a tell-all book about “The View” by author Ramin Setoodeh, titled “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View’,” the then-77 Behar suggested that she planned to retire in 2022 when her contract would expire and she would turn 80.

“I have a three-year contract,” she told Setoodeh. “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 [2022] as I am now, I’ll think about it. But the chances of that happening …,” she added. “You know, time marches on. I’m not a kid.”

Variety noted that multiple unnamed sources with the program confirmed that there had been discussions about Behar retiring, but a spokesperson for ABC said at the time the talk of an imminent exit was simply “not true.”

New contract signed

Fast-forward to July 2022, and according to the New York Post at that time, it would appear that the ABC spokesperson was correct that Behar would not be retiring from “The View.”

In fact, a rep for the co-host told the outlet that the swirling rumors that Behar was about to leave “any day now” were patently untrue and “fake news.”

Furthermore, the rep let it be known that Behar had just signed another three-year contract with ABC to keep her on that talk show’s panel until 2025, and though the details of that new contract were not revealed, it was widely presumed that it would be substantially better than the $7 million per year three-year contract that had just expired.

“I’m not going anywhere”

The matter appeared to be largely settled in October when People magazine interviewed Behar ahead of her 80th birthday and the topic of her career longevity came up for discussion. “I just signed a contract so I’ll be here for a while,” she told the magazine. “I have no plans to retire.”

“It’s really, you know, something that is an important show in many ways,” she said of the show that she has co-hosted since 1997, with a brief hiatus from 2013-2015. “Sometimes I don’t believe that, as I’ve been here since the beginning, but we’re the most-watched show in daytime. Most-watched!”

“I’m happy to be a part of it. So no, I’m not going anywhere. I’m having a good time,” Behar added.

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