EXCLUSIVE: Joy Behar Jokes That 'A Lot of Therapy' Prepared Her for Return to 'The View'

by Raphael Chestang 4:19 PM PDT, September 02, 2015
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Joy Behar Jokes That 'A Lot of Therapy' Prepared Her for Return to 'The View'

Ahead of Joy Behar's highly anticipated return to The View, ET's Brooke Anderson got the only invite to the co-host's promo shoot for the show in New York.

During their sit-down, Behar dished on why now is the right time for her to come back to the popular program.

Behar, 72, was part of the original panel when The View debuted in 1997 and appeared on the show for 16 years before saying goodbye two years ago. Her decision to return was partly influenced by advice from her late friend Joan Rivers.

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"I was doing a standup show with her and I was complaining about it, of course, because that's my thing," Behar said. "And she goes, 'Joy, do it well. They still want you.' So that's why I'm on The View now."

The return has Behar reteaming with Whoopi Goldberg, and this time around she will also share the table with Raven-Symone, Michelle Collins, Paula Faris and Candace Cameron Bure.

Rosie O'Donnell, 53, attempted a second run on the show in 2014, but it was cut short after five months. Despite rumors of conflict off camera, O'Donnell named stress as a big reason for her premature departure in a YouTube message for fans.

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"Stress is very bad for heart attack survivors," said O'Donnell, who suffered a heart attack two years ago. "You should minimize your stress, maximize your exercise and control your diet. That's what you need to do for a healthy heart. So that's what I'm doing. I'm minimizing my stress by leaving The View."

Still, O'Donnell's failed comeback attempt hasn't shaken Behar's confidence.

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"I'm fine," she said. "I've had a lot of therapy and that's what you need at The View. I worked at a mental hospital, which prepared me to work there, so I'm not worried."

The View's 19th season kicks off September 8 on ABC.