JOY BEHAR remains the only co-host from The View’s original panel.
Since Joy is a permanent fixture of the show, concern grew among fans when she was missing for a number of episodes.Joy Behar was not present for the Monday, November 14 episode of The View[/caption]
Why is Joy Behar not on The View today?
On November 14, 2022, The View’s audience wondered why Joy Behar was not present for Monday’s episode.
While she and co-host Whoopi Goldberg were absent, fellow panelist Sara Haines filled in as the program’s moderator.
It’s a rare sight to see both Joy and Whoopi skip the same broadcast, which triggered the curiosity of viewers.
As Whoopi remains sick with Covid-19, Joy normally has Mondays off but is scheduled to return for Tuesday, November 15’s episode.
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What happened to Joy?
Following the show’s stint in The Bahamas, fans were quick to note that two of the four regular co-hosts were absent from the broadcast.
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On Twitter, one fan wrote: “Where is Sara Haines and Joy Behar? Please don’t tell me that #Joy has retired!”
A second fan tweeted: “Where’s @JoyVBehar? I hate it when she’s not there. I hope she’s ok.”
“I am so enjoying the view without Joy sigh I never realized how calm and coherent #TheView could be,” expressed another.The View co-hosts from left to right: Whoopi, Sara Haines, Joy, Sunny Hostin, and Ana Navarro[/caption]
At the beginning of the broadcast, co-panelist Whoopi addressed Behar’s absence.
The Color Purple actress shared with the audience: “Welcome to The View.
“We are back here at home because we was gone for a little while. We was in The Bahamas.”
Whoopi added: “We have to tell you, Sara is out with Covid.
“Joy does not have Covid, but she’s not in today. She’s taking the day off.”
On the episodes that aired Wednesday, July 13, and Thursday, July 14, Joy was still absent from the hit talk show.
One user wrote that day: “So Joy…where ARE you? We miss you on @TheView Hoping you are well.”
Despite her lack of presence during the aforementioned broadcasts, Whoopi offered more context to Behar’s whereabouts.
During Thursday’s episode, Whoopi comically quipped: “Joy is not out with Covid.
“She’s getting over something else, the flu…or maybe she’s pregnant, I don’t know.”
On Monday, July 18, audiences got their answer as the missing woman in question made her return to the long-running talk series.
Joy and her fellow commentators poked fun at her absences and laughed at the tongue-in-cheek pregnancy talk brought on by Whoopi.
Joy shared the truth with fans about her lack of appearances: “I’m here to remind everybody that there are diseases out there besides Covid.
“I had a virus. That’s it! A really strong virus. I tested negative in five PCR tests I did not have it.”
Did Joy Behar retire?
At the beginning of July 2022, reports circulated from a number of different outlets that claimed Joy Behar planned on leaving The View before her birthday in October and retiring.
However, on Tuesday, July 5, a rep for Joy countered the rumors and told the New York Post that the reports were “fake news.”
Her rep also confirmed that the star’s contract on the program does not expire until 2025.
Regarding any future plans to retire, Joy gave details about her future to Variety.
In April 2020, the TV anchor said: “I have a three-year contract.
“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.”
The broadcaster further stated: “I don’t see myself staying for more [time]. That’s it! I could be wrong.
“But the chances of that happening…You know, time marches on. I’m not a kid.”