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Joy Behar Is Leaving "The View" After 16 Years


 is leaving "The View" after its current season.  She's been there since the beginning, which, believe it or not, was 16 years ago.  (Here's something else you may not believe:  She's 70 years old.)  

Joy's contract is up in August, and she opted not to renew her deal.  She says, "It seemed like the right time.  You reach a point when you say to yourself, 'Do I want to keep doing this?'  There are other things on my plate.  I've been writing a play, I've been neglecting my standup."  Joy is also considering another, solo talk show.  There are rumors it could be something on CNN, but nothing's been determined yet.

Joy also has a show on Current TV called "Joy Behar:  Say Anything", although that's expected to end in a few months, once Al Jazeera takes over the programming.

There's no word on who may replace her on "The View".  This makes BARBARA WALTERS the last original host, but there's also speculation that SHE may be on her way out, too.  On top of that, ELISABETH HASSELBECK isn't signed beyond this season either.