After more than 16 years on the air, Joy Behar will no longer be offering her view.
The View co-host has announced that she will step down at the end of the current season in August. ABC released a statement wishing Joy “all the best in this next chapter, and [we] are thrilled that we have her for the remainder of the season.”
While most people wouldn't blame the 70-year-old for wanting to retire, Joy insists that she's hardly slowing down. "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 — I've been writing a play, I've been neglecting my standup," she said to Deadline.
Joy is currently the host of Joy Behar: Say Anything! on Current TV and revealed that she had "a positive meeting" with CNN head honcho Jeff Zucker about getting her own talk show on that network.
Her departure means a very coveted seat will soon be up for grabs. Brooke Shields is the only celebrity as of now who has been publicly reported as a potential replacement, but we think there are better options. Check out our five picks for who should take over as co-host for the show!
1. Raven Symone
From acting to music to charity work, Raven is well-versed and capable in seemingly everything she's attempted. She would also be considerably younger than anyone else on the show at age 27 and has the potential to draw in a new demographic. After all, shouldn't The View have such different points of, well, view?
Since Joy is leaving, replacing her with another comedian would seem to make the most sense. Roseanne certainly isn't shy when it comes to expressing her views on anything, particularly when it comes to politics. The inevitable clashes with conservative Elizabeth Hasselbeck could result in ratings gold.
3. Mario Lopez
Ratings for The View have steadily been declining, so it might be time to shake things up and add a little man meat to the panel. Mario has more than a decade of on-air reporting experience and a natural, easy rapport with celebrities that would lead to great interviews. We'd only give him the job if he had his shirt off the whole time, though.
In nearly 17 years of the show, they've never had a hippy-dippy perspective on the panel. Alanis certainly knows how to speak to women and would be a name that viewers easily recognize, but her stream-of-consciousness way of speaking could be too much for some to handle.
5. Joan Rivers
Joan has frequently been a guest host on the show and always leaves the panel in hysterics. However, it's a guarantee that Joan would try to say something outrageous every week in order to drum up publicity. That might lead to great ratings, but also a heart attack for Barbara Walters.
Who do you think should replace Joy?
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