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Joy Behar Jokes About Being ‘Forced’ Off ‘The View’ in 2013: ’A Small Hiatus’

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She remembers! Joy Behar took a brief hiatus from hosting The View after being fired in 2013 — and she hasn’t forgotten what went down.    “I’ve been on this show for 26 years, right?,” Behar, 80, said on the ABC talk show’s Thursday, May 25, episode. “With a small hiatus as we all know — forced.”    Behar has been a cohost of The View since Barbara Walters launched the show in 1997.

However, she was temporarily let go in 2013 alongside cohost Elisabeth Hasselback before making a return two years later.

At the time, it was reported that the comedienne left of her own volition.    “You reach a point when you say to yourself, ‘Do I want to keep doing this?’ There are other things on my plate I want to do,” the New York native told Deadline after news of her exit broke in August 2013. “I’ve been writing a play, I’ve been neglecting my standup.

I do like talk shows, I’m interested in talking to people.”  ABC, meanwhile, released their own statement at the time, telling the outlet, “Joy Behar has been instrumental in the success of The View from the very beginning.

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