Joy Behar bid adieu to "The View" on Friday, August 9, months after announcing her plans to exit the show in March. The likes of Meredith Vieira, Joan Rivers, Regis Philbin and Tony Bennett showed up to help give a proper send-off to the longtime "View" co-host, with her family and friends also in attendance.
Comedian Mario Cantone served as the Master of Ceremonies, taking the podium while co-hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd sat in the audience. Philbin recalled he and Walters were watching Behar performing at the Starlight Room at New York's Waldorf-Astoria when Behar first caught Walters' attention. "Barbara takes out a little note pad. Joy Behar, she writes it down, and I knew something was gonna happen. That was the beginning," he said.
Vieira, meanwhile, recounted her liplock with Behar and a montage of Behar kissing some female guests was played. After the clip ended, Meredith planted a kiss on Behar's lips and Behar went on to kiss Walters, prompting Philbin, Goldberg and Shepherd to join in the kiss fest. "This is like hot lesbian sex in the sunshine home," Cantone shouted.
Bennett sang "The Good Life" as a tribute to Behar, while Nathan Lane, Debbie Reynolds, Aziz Ansari, Steve Martin, Carol Burnett and Jane Lynch sent messages to her via taped videos.
Shepherd thanked Behar for always supporting her and for her advice about ignoring public criticism. "She said, 'Sherri, don't worry about what people say; as soon as you open your mouth, you lose half your audience every single day,' " she recounted. "She gave me these rules on how to live at 'The View'."
Towards the end of the episode, Walters said, "I love you Joy, and we are really going to miss you. You can have the last word." Behar then delivered her final words on the show, "I was born an only child, but now I know firsthand what sibling rivalry is all about," thanking the "View" crew, her family and friends, but not before she cracked, "I have to thank the most important people - my hair and makeup people."
To Walters, she said, "Thank you for asking me to join you at the table all these years ago. My life hasn't been the same since. You're such a legend and a friend of mine. You're an icon." She also took the chance to utter something she had wanted to say for a long time, "And if you'll allow me there's something I've been meaning to say on your behalf for 16 years: 'F**k Harry Reasoner.' "
Reasoner was Walters' former co-anchor on the ABC Evening News in the 1970s and he was reportedly not nice to her.