ABC has hit back at reports that Joy Behar is planning to leave The View when her contract ends.
A report by Variety claimed that the 77-year-old co-host would retire from the show when her contract ends in the summer of 2022. The broadcaster has now released a statement saying that “this is not true” and point to the full quote.
“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.” – ABC
Joy has been part of the daytime show since it launched in 1997 although spent two years away when she was sacked by ABC in 2013. She was brought back to the show in 2015 following a decline in the ratings. Last month Joy went into self-isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Fellow co-host Meghan McCain, who has clashed with Joy several times on the show, tweeted to say Joy won’t be leaving if she has anything to do with it.
“Nope! You’re not leaving in 2022 bitch, not if I have any say in this!” – Meghan McCain
The View is currently airing new live episodes on ABC but with the co-hosts presenting at their homes via webcam.