Joy Behar says goodbye to “The View” this Friday

After 16 years on ABC’s daytime talk show The View, original cohost Joy Behar is leaving, with her last show this Friday, Aug. 9. On that final episode, she will take a stroll down memory lane with current hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters in an episode called “This Was Your Life on The View, Joy Behar.”

An ABC release says that Joy Behar’s friends and family will be sitting in the audience as The View looks back at some of her memorable moments, including walking off during Bill O’Reilly’s appearance, being used as a human barbell by LL Cool J, grilling Sen. John McCain, her pop-culture quiz with President Obama, and more. This episode of The View will also feature special pre-taped goodbye messages from celebrities sprinkled throughout.

Serving as master of ceremonies for Joy Behar’s farewell episode is Mario Cantone. He will be joined by Behar’s best friend, Susie Essman, who talks of their early years on the comedy-club circuit. Regis Philbin talks about who really discovered Joy Behar; Meredith Vieira gets passionate; some comedic sparring occurs with Joan Rivers; and Alan Alda recounts how they first met, and later spins Behar around the dance floor, accompanied by a serenade from Tony Bennett.

Ultimately, says ABC, it is Joy Behar who gets the last word in this farewell episode, leaving the audience in stitches and Barbara Walters speechless.

“This Was Your Life on The View, Joy Behar,” the farewell episode for Joy Behar from The View, airs Aug. 9 at 11am ET on ABC.


The View, Joy Behar last episode photo: Lou Rocco/ABC