Joy Behar has been a staple on the long-running chat show “The View” for 23 seasons.
Now the 78-year-old co-host — the only original member to stay on since the talk show’s inception in 1997 — is reflecting on the ABC show’s legacy and how she kept her job all these years.
“Well, I’ve gotten in trouble a few times on the show,” she told to People.
“I’ve had to apologize, which I’m happy to do in order to save mine and everybody else’s job. I don’t care. Even if I don’t mean it, I’ll do it,” the “When You Need a Lift” author and liberal voice continued. “Even if I look like I’m in a hostage takeover, I’ll still do it, because if you don’t do it, you lose your job and everybody else’s.”
“The View” was created by journalist Barbara Walters back in the day and features a roundtable of women discussing topics from politics to pop culture. Over the years, the chats have famously led to many fiery exchanges between politically divergent hosts.
Of course, those fraught discussions may be what the series for viewers. Behar hinted at that when she spoke about her philosophy for keeping the show as successful as it is.
“You have a bunch of women who speak their minds and enjoy the blowback. That’s our stock-in-trade,” she said.
She also explained how her own satire can be rough around the edges sometimes and she would subsequently have to apologize.
“My comedy has never been vicious or mean because my intent is just to make you laugh. That’s all. I don’t have any other motive,” she said. “And so if the intention is in the right, and your heart is in the right place, I think that you can never really go wrong. I’ve offended people for sure, but whatever.”
Season 25 of “The View” will air premiere Sept. 7 with returning hosts Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin and Sara Haines.
Meghan McCain left the show on Aug. 6; however, production is apparently in no rush to replace her. The talk show will instead have a rotating guest catalog of conservative women filling McCain’s spot. Former Utah Rep. Mia Love will first join the hosts come Sept. 7.
Other stars who are set to appear include Condoleezza Rice, Gretchen Carlson, Eboni K. Williams, Cameran Eubanks and S.E. Cupp.