Joy Behar leaving 'The View' at end of 16th season

Joy Behar is leaving the iconic desk of "The View" after 16 years as a co-host on the popular daytime talk show.

The 70-year-old comedian announced her impending departure Thursday.

Behar was among the first co-hosts with co-creator Barbara Walters when the series debuted in 2006. The current panel includes Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd.

In addition to "The View," Behar hosted "The Joy Behar Show" on HLN from 2009 to 2011 and currently hosts "Joy Behar: Say Anything!" on Current TV, which debuted last year

"Joy Behar has been instrumental in the success of 'The View' from the very beginning," ABC said in a Thursday statement. "We wish her all the best in this next chapter, and are thrilled that we have her for the remainder of the season."

In an interview with Deadline , Behar said,"It seemed like the right time...There are other things on my plate I want to do."

Behar's last official date on "The View" will be at the end of the current season in August.

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