Those who have grown tired of hearing about Joy Behar’s anti-Trump antics as a co-host on ABC’s The View can now take heart in the fact that her decades-long run on the weekday talk show is rumored to be nearing its end.
According to an interview with Behar in an updated re-release of a book about the show, the co-host of 21 years has set 2022 as a possible target date for her final exit, Variety reported.
Behar eyeing 2022 retirement
The revelation from Behar was contained in the soon-to-be-released paperback version of Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View,'” written by Variety’s own Ramin Setoodah.
“I have a three-year contract,” the 77-year-old Behar said. “But that doesn’t mean I can’t leave if I want to, because they can’t really do anything to me at this point. I don’t see myself staying for more [time]. That’s it! I could be wrong.
“If I’m as fabulous in  as I am now, I’ll think about. But the chances of that happening… You know, time marches on. I’m not a kid,” she added.
Network not so sure
Variety noted that “multiple sources” from the show confirmed that Behar has indeed been talking about leaving in 2022. However, a spokesperson for ABC seemed to push back on the idea somewhat.
“This is not true,” the spokesperson said. “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.”
Variety also underscored the fact that if Behar follows through with her planned exit from the show in 2022, she would be just shy of 80-years-old at that time and would then become the longest-serving co-host since the show first debuted in 1997.
Except for a two-year period between 2013 2015 when she was absent from The View when the program unsuccessfully attempted to be less political, Behar has held a seat at the table since the show’s inception, according to Deadline.
More recently, The Hill reported that Behar had announced plans to take a hiatus from the program in mid-March to isolate herself due to the coronavirus, but she returned a short time later via satellite once all of her co-hosts began to work remotely from home as well.
Will she or won’t she?
It obviously remains to be seen whether Behar will actually leave The View when her contract is up in 2022 or if she will stick around for another year or two after that.
Given her unhealthy obsession with the current president, the outcome of the November election — and whether Trump is still in office or not — will likely play a significant factor in what she ultimately decides.