Starting in the summer of 2022, ABC’s “The View” will likely henceforth be without one of its most historically toxic anti-Trump voices ever, Joy Behar.
In a “new interview” for the upcoming book “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View'” by Ramin Setoodeh, a contributor for Variety magazine, the 21-season veteran revealed she’s mulling retiring once her latest contract expires.
“I have a three-year contract,” she reportedly said. “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.”
In fact, the year of her planned retirement coincides with her 80th birthday. Moreover, multiple sources from “The View” have confirmed with Variety magazine that the longtime co-host has indeed “been floating a 2022 exit from the show”
By Thursday morning, a day after Variety magazine published Behar’s remarks, word of her impending retirement had gone viral, provoking an outpouring of complaints, but not from fans upset over her leaving the show. Rather, the complaints came from critics who were peeved at Behar for making them wait two more years for her departure.
Why wait. Now is great
— B (@Bradcur01270559) April 8, 2020
Not soon enough.
— Gina Chev (@GinaChev) April 8, 2020
— magenta (@michonnedead33) April 8, 2020
Why wait until 2022?
— Linda Taylor (@linnyt7) April 8, 2020
Not soon enough.! What a hack.!!
— Marie (@MAGAchic13) April 8, 2020
leave today, please!
— carlyle baker (@karlofkarl) April 8, 2020
retire now … and the show should end … it’s a ridiculous platform of the women arguing in the most childish way … bottom feeders.
— Lori Johal (@LoriJohal) April 8, 2020
— Corona Free (@Salty_Sippian) April 8, 2020
ABC News has for its part denied the rumor, with a spokesperson saying, “This is not true.”
But given the network’s recent hash of gross lies, distortions and fake news — including its deceitful coverage of deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and its blatant lies about the Trump administration — there’s not much reason to believe them.
Nevertheless, the network’s spokesperson has denied the retirement rumor by citing Behar’s own words.
“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,” the spokesperson reportedly said.
The spokesperson conveniently neglected to mention Behar’s insinuation that “the chances of that happening” (her not retiring) are low because “time marches on.”
News of her the co-host’s possible retirement comes only weeks after she announced a temporary hiatus from the program courtesy the coronavirus pandemic.
“Joy Behar is taking time off as a co-host of ‘The View’ as a safety precaution against coronavirus,” Variety reported at the time. “Behar, 77, announced her decision Thursday during a pre-taped episode of ‘The View’ that will air Friday.”
As word of her impending departure spread, so did the “joy,” ironically enough:
Thank God I support this please stay home indefinitely Joy #TheView
— Carra (@carraskskskt) March 12, 2020
Stay home forever
— Brett Miller (@bmillerNFL) March 13, 2020
Omg I love the coronavirus now
— Josh (@JoshLeCash) March 13, 2020
See. There are good things about this virus.
— Tanna Kasperowicz (@TinytownGazette) March 13, 2020
Best news I’ve heard all year…
— jerry morales (@betyar95) March 13, 2020
Well, hello silver lining ?
— ?MAD_Hatter? (@1MAD_Hatter) March 13, 2020
There is a GOD
— Steve Vogiatzis (@VogiatzisSteve) March 13, 2020
We need more feel-good, silver-lining stories about #coronavirus like this. Thanks.
— GregEsq (@GregEsq) March 13, 2020
— LifeIsGood (@LifeIsGood4517) March 13, 2020
— Pugsley ???? (@PugsleySiegel) March 13, 2020
When Behar announced her hiatus, she also spoke of her alleged fabulousness.
“At this point I’ve been thinking, you know, this week about staying home from the show. … I’ve been thinking like, maybe at my age, I know I look good, I look fantastic, I don’t look my age. I have that good Italian skin that I inherited from my mother, so you really can’t tell how old I am by looking at me but I am actually up there,” she said.
“And you know you can look up my age. I don’t really want to tell it. … Anyway, so I’m thinking maybe I should stay home and what they call socially distance myself,” she continued.
“So then this morning I get a text from my daughter, and she says to me, ‘So are you staying home?’ And I wrote, ‘Well, I don’t know, why?’ and she says, ‘It’d be good in reality, mom.’ So I decided that I think I’m gonna stay home for a while. I’m going to socially distance myself a little bit, so next week you won’t see me here.”
As of this Wednesday, however, it appeared her hiatus was over, as the show had begun airing from each co-host’s home:
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