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Joy Behar tapped by Al Gore's Current TV for her own show

June 11, 2012|By Scott Collins
  • Joy Behar (here with President Obama on "The View") will host a talk show for Current TV.
Joy Behar (here with President Obama on "The View") will host… (Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty…)

Al Gore is turning to another cable-news castoff to help prop up his Current TV network. This time, it’s Joy Behar.

Behar — best-known for ABC’s morning gabfest “The View” — will co-host a 6 p.m. talk show Monday through Thursday starting in September for the low-rated outlet founded by Gore and legal entrepreneur Joel Hyatt. The program will repeat in prime time.

In a sort of dry run, Behar will guest-host for the vacationing Eliot Spitzer next week on Current’s “Viewpoint.”

In a statement, Gore, the former vice president and Nobel laureate, called Behar “a beloved veteran television personality with her finger on the pulse of what viewers care about.”

Well, sometimes. HLN last year axed “The Joy Behar Show” due to low ratings.

But things will probably work out better for Current than they did during the network's dalliance with Keith Olbermann.

Current hired the outspoken ex-MSNBC host to great fanfare and a high salary, only to sack him earlier this year after he warred with executives over technical issues, his work schedule and assorted other issues. The firing led to a lawsuit that’s still pending.

What do you think of Behar and her latest gig?

Twitter: @scottcollinsLAT

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