Joy Behar will make her final 'View' appearance this Friday

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After 16 years as one of "The View's" most outspoken liberal voices, Joy Behar will participate in her last all-female gab fest this Friday.

ABC announced Behar's planned departure last March, saying that the 70-year-old comedian wanted to pursue other projects.


"You can't stay forever on a show," Behar said in a statement at the time. "I am graciously exiting stage left. I've put in 16 years and felt the time was right. I want to explore other opportunities."

Behar's longtime colleague, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, will also leave the show this season. Jenny McCarthy will join the panel this September.

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"Thanks to all at 'The View' for a great 16 years," Behar tweeted on Thursday. "Watch my finale tomorrow. Not sure what to do next. I was thinking porn for the blind."

She also shared a photo of her goodbye party:

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"I need a different kind of life," she said of her departure in a recent interview. "I have so many other things to do! I want to write, do standup, maybe do Broadway, do acting roles, and live my life without this daily regimen."


Asked whether she'd get teary on her last day, Behar said she doesn't plan to get emotional.

Look, I'm going to miss people but you have to have closure on things. It's a grind to have to be somewhere every day. This is very liberating. Regis is having a ball and doesn't regret leaving his show for one moment, and I plan to do the same. It's been a great ride but, no, I do not intend to get all weepy. Okay, maybe I might get a little farklempt on my final day -- but I'm gonna fight it!

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