Behar was on “The View” for the show’s first 16 seasons.
You’ll also notice famous names like Padma Lakshmi, Stacy London, Molly Sims, and CNN’s Ana Navarro joining as contributors. “Plus, (husband) Steve (Janowitz) was getting exhausted of applauding every time I gave my opinion”. She said she’s happy to be returning to the show, especially with election season heating up.
The View returns on Tuesday September 8.
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Behar, who rose to prominence as a stand up comedian, originally appeared on the Barbara Walters-created The View on days when the legendary reporter was off, but eventually became a permanent co-host.
Behar’s involvement in the show is surprising given that, just a matter of weeks ago, she confessed during an interview on WBAZ, Bridgehampton, New York, not only had “The View” approached her to return to the series in Season 19, but she’d turned down the job. This will allow them the flexibility to pursue other projects and commitments at the same time without causing a huge speed bump for the show. “I am honored to be a new addition to such a strong group of bright and opinionated women, and I look forward to sharing this exciting journey with viewers new and old”.
Former WMAQ sports anchor Paula Faris, who left the NBC-owned Chicago station in 2011 for ABC News, will join ABC’s The View as a co-host. “While equally at ease performing standup comedy or interviewing politicians and celebrities, Behar brings honesty, humor, irreverence, with an authentic and intelligent point of view on every topic”, according to an ABC press release.