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Joy Behar Leaving 'The View' After 16 Years

Joy Behar is leaving The View, reports the Hollywood Reporter:

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

...Behar and Walters had seats at The View table with Meredith Vieira, Star Jones and Debbie Matenopoulos when the show premiered in 1997. Tweaks to the lineup along the way, most notably the firing of Jones and Rosie O'Donnell's controversial two-year stint as moderator, led to a current panel that includes Sherri Shepherd, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Whoopi Goldberg.

Said Behar to Deadline: “It seemed like the right time. You reach a point when you say to yourself, ‘Do I want to keep doing this?’ There are other things on my plate I want to do — I’ve been writing a play, I’ve been neglecting my standup.”


Anderson Cooper Talks Coming Out, Temporary Blindness On 'The View': VIDEO

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Anderson Cooper and the girls from ABC's The View covered a whole host of topics during his brief visit to the morning show today. Among them: temporarily going blind in Portugal, what he tells his mother when he's in dangerous, war-torn lands where they kill people, how he feels now that he's come out and why he's sweating another New Year's Eve extravaganza with perennially controversial countdown host Kathy Griffin.

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Candy Crowley Talks About Fact-Checking Mitt Romney and the Debate on 'The View': VIDEO

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Candy Crowley talks about the moment she fact-checked Mitt Romney on Obama's Libya statement, and the other challenges she faced moderating last night's presidential debate at Hofstra.

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Timothy Kurek, the Christian Who Pretended to Be Gay for a Year, Appears on 'The View': VIDEO

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Last week I posted about Timothy Kurek, the man who grew up a devout anti-gay Evangelical, and, after a friend confessed to him that her family had disowned her for being gay, felt such guilt that he decided to live as a gay man for a year to seek empathy.

Kurek appeared on The View today to talk about the book he wrote about his experience.

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Conan O'Brien Rips Elisabeth Hasselbeck Over Obama Questions: VIDEO

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Conan O'Brien thinks View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck made a fool of herself questioning Obama's record on the show yesterday: "Who the hell’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck? She won a reality show. She didn’t even win! She was like — fifth!"

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The Ladies of 'The View' Debate the Chick-fil-A Backlash: VIDEO

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A heated discussion on The View yesterday over what ways are appropriate to go after Chick-fil-A over its anti-gay marriage donations and statements from COO Dan Cathy supporting "Biblical" marriage.

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EmanuelIn related news, Salon's Glenn Greenwald, who is gay, takes on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over the issue:

It’s always easy to get people to condemn threats to free speech when the speech being threatened is speech that they like. It’s much more difficult to induce support for free speech rights when the speech being punished is speech they find repellent. But having Mayors and other officials punish businesses for the political and social views of their executives — regardless of what those views are — is as pure a violation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech as it gets, and beyond that, is genuinely dangerous.

If you support what Emanuel is doing here, then you should be equally supportive of a Mayor in Texas or a Governor in Idaho who blocks businesses from opening if they are run by those who support same-sex marriage — or who oppose American wars, or who support reproductive rights, or who favor single-payer health care, or which donates to LGBT groups and Planned Parenthood, on the ground that such views are offensive to Christian or conservative residents. You can’t cheer when political officials punish the expression of views you dislike and then expect to be taken seriously when you wrap yourself in the banner of free speech in order to protest state punishment of views you like and share. Free speech rights means that government officials are barred from creating lists of approved and disapproved political ideas and then using the power of the state to enforce those preferences.

MeninoBoston Mayor Thomas Menino, whose letter to the company telling it to "back out" of Boston went viral earlier this week, is clarifying his stance:

“Originally, I said I would do every­thing I can to stop them.’ And that was mostly using the bully pulpit of being mayor of the city and getting public support. But I didn’t say I would not allow them to go for permits or anything like that. I just said we would do everything we can, bully pulpit-wise.”

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