After 16 years, Joy Behar is leaving "The View."
Behar, the brassy Brooklyn-born comic, announced that she's leaving ABC's morning talkfest at the end of her contract in August.
"You reach a point where you say, 'Do I want to keep doing this?'," Behar told Deadline.com, which broke the news late Thursday. "There are other things on my plate I want to do -- I've been writing a play, I've been neglecting my stand-up." Behar added that she'd be interested in joining CNN, which is being re-engineered by new boss Jeff Zucker, with whom Behar recently took a meeting.
ABC later confirmed the exit, adding that the network was "thrilled that we have her for the remainder of the season."
But there may be more to the story. "The View" has been under ratings pressure and there have been rumblings that producers want to shake up the panel soon. With Behar leaving, Barbara Walters is the only cast member whose connection with the show dates to its 1997 launch.