Joy Behar was ‘glad’ when ‘The View’ fired her in 2013: I ‘was sick of the show’

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Joy Behar has thick skin.

The comedian revealed in a new interview that she was nonplussed when “The View” served her walking papers in 2013.

“I was glad to be fired,” Behar, 79, told Time in a story published Wednesday. “I basically was sick of the show at that point for some reason, I don’t even remember why.”

Ramin Setoodeh, who wrote the book “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View,’” told the magazine that Behar took the news in stride, even offering to leave that day, while Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who also got the boot, burst into tears.

Behar was one of the original panelists on the ABC daytime talk show, which Barbara Walters created in 1997. Originally, Behar only appeared on the days that Walters, now 92, was off, but she eventually became a permanent co-host.

Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters raising a toast on "The View."
Behar helped launch “The View” in 1997.
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Co-host Sunny Hostin credits Behar’s temperament for being OK with being given the pink slip from “The View” and having two of her own talk shows canceled.

“She doesn’t hold a grudge,” Hostin, 53, explained to Time. “I think because she doesn’t remember what happened the day before. That’s how she’s been able to deal with this show. She just leaves it at the table and then moves on for another day.”

It also helps that Behar is happy to offer up an apology — even if it’s less than heartfelt.

“I’ve had to apologize, which I’m happy to do in order to save mine and everybody else’s job. I don’t care. Even if I don’t mean it, I’ll do it,” she told People last year. “Even if I look like I’m in a hostage takeover, I’ll still do it, because if you don’t do it, you lose your job and everybody else’s.”

Meghan McCain and Joy Behar on "The View."
Behar often butted heads with Meghan McCain on “The View.”
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The firing seems to have been a soft one, as Behar continued to guest co-host throughout 2014 and 2015.

But once ratings for the chat fest began slipping, a new set of producers were installed when Donald Trump ran for president. Soon after, they asked Behar to return in a permanent role.

An executive producer who pushed for Behar to come back explained, “I just knew that we needed to get back into the cultural conversation. And I knew she was going to be the person who could actually do that. She’s always been the person who says what the audience is thinking but is afraid to say.”


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