Joy Behar Is Taking Time Off of the View
Joy Behar has made a name for herself as one of the top hosts on the ABC daytime talk show the View. She was one of the original co-hosts of the show in 1997, and she continues to be active on stage.
But now she is going to be taking some time off from the show. She is doing this amid concerns about the coronavirus epidemic. The move also comes not long after she made a concerning statement about the issue.
The Main Concern
Joy Behar announced live on The View that she was taking an absence from the show out of concern over the coronavirus. The COVID-19 outbreak has become a significant issue, but it is particularly harmful to older persons. Behar is 77 years of age, which makes her a high-risk person.
Behar said on the show that she received a phone call from her daughter recommending that she not expose herself all that much. She said that she will not appear on the show on the week of March 16. Then again, there wouldn’t be anyone in the studio to watch. The View has been taping without a studio audience the past few days. No one on the show or any of the crew members has developed the virus.
What Happens Next?
The View will continue to air in the daytime on ABC. Whoopi Goldberg, Meghan McCain, and Sunny Hostin are still hosting the show. But it is still being taped without a studio audience. There have also been some concerns surrounding whether the show will get any guests, although that is a problem that any talk show is having due to the virus.
A Significant Absence
Joy Behar’s decision to take time off of the View is a major move. She has been a constant figure on the View since it started in 1997. She left the show in 2013 but came back in 2015.
Behar has been very productive on the View. She has brought in many talented guests to the show, including many comedians that she wants to highlight.
However, she has also gone through some controversies in recent times. In 2015, she mocked a person on the Miss America program over her talking about being a registered nurse while wearing scrubs on the Miss America stage. She also triggered a backlash in 2018 after criticizing Vice President Mike Pence over his religious values. Behar said that Pence was “hearing voices” surrounding how he thinks about what religious figures would do. She would apologize for the comment.
Behar had just recently made another comment on the View that the Politifact website listed as “False.” Behar stated that Barack Obama set up “anti-pandemic programs” in 47 countries, and Donald Trump has closed 37 of them. While the CDC had been shrinking operations due to concerns about not receiving funding, the organization never shut down any of these programs. This comes after a 2017 report where Politifact had a “False” ruling over Behar’s claim that Politifact says that 95 percent of what Trump says are lies.