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Joy Behar says goodbye to 'The View' after 16 years

Stand-up comic and writer Joy Behar says her last goodbyes on ABC's 'The View' on her last episode, which aired on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013.

August 9, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Joy Behar said farewell to "The View" on Friday. She is the last of the ABC show's original hosts, except the program's inventor, Barbara Walters.

The program, which was taped a week prior, was a salute to Behar's time on the show. Special guests included Alan Alda, Joan Rivers, Tony Bennett, Regis Philbin and Meredith Vieira.

The 70-year-old standup comic and writer began her co-host duties with the first episode of "The View" in August 1997. Walters' idea for a talk show with women hosts kicking around the news of the day, followed by celebrity guests, proved to be a success from the start.

Walters recalled learning about Behar after Philbin took her to hear her nightclub act.

The network has not named a replacement for Behar. ABC recently announced that Jenny McCarthy would replace Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who left for a job at Fox News Channel. Producers face another big decision next year when Walters retires.

The changes will give "The View" a chance to reach out to a younger audience. The median age of a typical viewer is 61.6 years old, according to the Nielsen company. That's about two years older than "The Talk," the CBS lookalike show that has had a particularly strong summer. "The Talk" has recorded four of its six most-watched weeks on the air during this summer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.