Joy Behar will say good-bye to “The View” a week from Friday (on Aug. 9), but the farewell show featuring appearances from celebrity friends and “View” alumni was taped Tuesday in New York.
The show, according to a New York Post columnist who attended the taping, was styled as a “This Is Your Life” retrospective of Behar’s 16-year run on the show, including clips of her most memorable moments plus visits from celebs such as former co-host Meredith Vieira and Tony Bennett.
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Reportedly titled “This Was Your Life on ‘The View’,” comedian Mario Cantone served as master of ceremonies whose responsibilities included wrangling guests such as Joan Rivers, Alan Alda, Susie Essman and Regis Philbin.
Among the “highlights”: Joy reportedly engaged in a make-out session with Vieira, and even attempted to do the same to Barbara Walters, but Walters demurred.
Also in attendance were Behar’s other current “View” co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd. Recently departed co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck was not in attendance.
After the taping, Behar, 70, told The Post she’s meeting with CNN soon for reasons that weren’t specified. And she reiterated why she decided to call it quits on “The View.”
“Since I did the HLN [talk] show, [“The View”] hasn’t been the same for me,” she said. “I have another meeting with CNN, so maybe something will happen by the fall. I want to put together a one-woman [Broadway] show. I’d also like to write [another] book, and I’m a pretty decent actress. Love to do a movie.”
As for “The View,” Behar said, “I really don’t care who takes my place.”
Behar’s farewell show was likely pre-taped because the show’s co-hosts and production staff generally take their vacations for most of August. The show will return for its 17th season in September.