‘View’s’ Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar walk off live set after Bill O’Reilly ‘Ground Zero mosque’ words

Two co-hosts on "The View" got so riled up Thursday morning that they walked out on a live interview. Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar, co-hosts of the all-female talk show created by Barbara Walters, stormed out on live television after a discussion of the "Ground Zero mosque" with Bill O'Reilly became heated. Though O'Reilly accepted that they had the "right" to erect the mosque, which is part of a planned Islamic community center, he claimed that "70% of Americans don't want that Mosque down there." Behar argued that she was an American and that she agreed with the President, who said he supported the mosque's right to be there, but later would not say one way or another if it was appropriate. This led to O’Reilly declaring that "Muslims killed us on 9/11." In response, Goldberg yelled "bulls---" and explode that "Extremists did that!" O'Reilly continued to criticize Muslims, which led Behar to stand up. "I don't want to sit here right now," she said. "I'm outraged." The co-host walked off with Goldberg by her side as the audience broke out in applause. "You have just seen what should not happen," Barbara Walters broke in. "We should be able to have discussions without screaming and walking off stage." Walters scolded O'Reilly for "demeaning" an entire religion. Even the right-leaning Elisabeth Hasselbeck added that everyone should simply use the word "terrorist" so as not to confuse extremists with their general religion. Behar and Goldberg ultimately returned after O'Reilly apologized and acknowledged he was "inartful" in his explanation. "Muslim fanatics killed us," he said, amending his original statement. The interview proceeded without further incident. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Jay Leno tells HLN host Joy Behar: Conan O’Brien and I both got screwed

Jay Leno may have wrestled "The Tonight Show" back from Conan O'Brien, but he still thinks they both "got screwed." The late night host revealed Tuesday night that he expects O'Brien to return as one of his show's direct competitors, CNN reports. Before that happens, he wants the world to know they both got a raw deal. "Conan got screwed and I got screwed," Leno told HLN and "View" host Joy Behar after her appearance on his show. "This is TV. The reason [this] business pays a lot of money is, when you get screwed you have something left over." NBC pulled Leno from his new 10 p.m. slot in January after experiencing a ratings slump. The big-chinned comedian was then reinstated as host of "The Tonight Show" after the network ousted Conan O'Brien. Critics and viewers quickly embarked on a campaign to denounce Leno as a bully and offer their support of Big Red. CoCo came out the critics' darling and got a severance package of $32 million to boot. "I don't quite get why I get beat up over it," Leno told Behar. "I know people don’t really understand sort of how this business works. It's all numbers. You know, the affiliates wanted us back, so we came back." Though Leno appears to have it made now, he seems painfully aware that one day he could be in O'Brien's shoes. "That's why I always tell comics, keep your act," he told Behar, before shooting off to a Las Vegas for a standup gig. O'Brien is free to host another talk show come September.     Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Joy Behar may be critical of herself but people are flocking to HLN to watch her show

Joy Behar can't watch herself on television. "I'm too picky, I'm too negative," she says. "I'm too judgmental about myself." That's okay, really, because an estimated 561,000 people watch her eponymous show each night at 9 on HLN. The program launched a year ago tonight, and since then has boosted the network's audience by 14% , according to Nielsen. "I won't put it on," says Behar, who tapes the show in the afternoon. "My spousal equivalent will have it on every night. I'll walk by and catch my hair. I'm a girl." The show is a mix of politics, breaking news, comedy and chat about whatever is going on. She'll do interviews and moderate a panel of experts or comics, with riffs on the sillier stuff. For Behar, who has been on ABC's "The View" for 13 years, the HLN show is a return of sorts to the time she hosted a radio show on WABC-AM and, even further back, to when she was a teacher. She loved the freedom of action in those roles. "There was a study that said the people who are happiest in life are the ones who have complete control over their lives," she says. "The View" is Barbara Walters' baby, but with Behar's HLN program, she says, "This is my show, so in that sense, I feel more of a satisfaction." The good nights, she says, are those where the show held her attention throughout the taping. "If we had a lot of laughs, if we had a potpourri of topics, that's good," she says. "I like to have an issue, I like politics, all mixed in together. I see the show as a magazine." For instance, in recent days the show has covered everything from human trafficking to Lindsay Lohan's latest foibles. "I just want it to get better," she says. "I want the quality to get better. The guests are getting more interesting. There are a lot more people to talk to. You can feel the energy and the depth of the conversation right now." Every show morphs as it grows, she says, and this one is no different. With success, she says, comes more interest from guests Continue Reading

Celebs get surprise performance from ‘Hair’ cast, Joy Behar honored at GLAAD Media Awards

New Yorkers like Jill Zarin and Sahara Davenport certainly had something to be GLAAD about Saturday night: they were surprised with a performance by Gavin Creel and the cast of "Hair" at the 21st annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards.But it was Joy Behar who was the happiest of them all. The talk-show maven was presented with the Excellence in Media Award during the event, which was held at the Marriott Marquis."I'd rather have this than an Oscar," Behar gushed of the honor. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Joy Behar announces that wedding to boyfriend Steve Janowitz is off

Despite Joy Behar's recent announcement that she'd finally marry her longtime boyfriend, Steve Janowitz, wedding bells won't ring anytime soon. "I'm getting my own talk show on HLN, so I don't have to get married anymore," the "View" host joked at the Friars Club on Tuesday night. "Actually, I got cold feet again, so I don't know what I'm going to do. It's off the table. What'll happen is, when I decide to do it, I'll do it, and then everybody will know I did it. I can't make up my mind."Luckily, her perennial fiancé is okay with the decision. "Steve is fine," Behar told us. "He says, 'Do whatever you want.'" LACHEY & MINNILLO A DONE DEALIt's officially over for Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo. Reps for the couple of three years confirmed the split Wednesday and claimed the two will "remain good friends." Despite the supposedly amicable breakup, they've been on the rocks for a while. We reported trouble for the duo in April, and most recently revealed that Minnillo told pals in Atlantic City that she "liked" Lachey, but "loved her independence" more. Looks like Vanessa finally got what she wanted! Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Joy Behar gets set for prime time with HLN’s ‘The Joy Behar Show’

As a practice Joy Behar doesn't look at her TV work. She realizes, though, as the host of a new prime-time hour on HLN launching tonight at 9, she's going to have to break that policy - at least a little. "I usually don't watch myself," she said. "I end up looking to see how my hair looks," she added. "I say, look at my hair, or I look fat, or I hate the way my voice sounds. I'm hard on myself and in order to minimize all the pain, I don't watch it." She will now, at the start, to make sure the technical aspects of the show are right. And she's hoping others do, too. "The Joy Behar Show" will air at 9 p.m. and follow HLN's ratings magnet "The Nancy Grace Show." She's also joining a lineup that includes a 7 p.m. hour anchored by Jane Velez-Mitchell. Unlike Grace, who focuses almost totally on crimes, and Velez-Mitchell, who tends to go down that road, too, Behar is looking to go a bit broader. Her first guest is Bette Midler, and upcoming guests include Bill Maher, Larry David, Michael Moore and Arianna Huffington. The first show will also include a segment with Bay Buchanan and Janeane Garofalo. "I have to say, it's the kind of a show I've always wanted to do," she said. "I know we'll need some time to work out the kinks; it's new." There won't be cooking or fashion, and definitely no animal acts. Short of those, she said, "nothing's really off-limits in terms of conversation, done with sanity." So, she's expecting to weigh in on topical news, have panel discussions, and interview guests along the way. "The shows are about the personalities," said Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN Worldwide. "I liken the hosts of the HLN lineup to columnists, and the shows focus on the hosts' opinion. The difference is it's an interactive column. "They're opinionated," he added, comparing Behar with Velez-Mitchell and Grace, "they're passionate about their opinions and they're big personalities that run those shows." Speaking of Continue Reading

Sit back and en-Joy Behar

Joy Behar has a goal, and it’s not to outyap everyone else on “The View.” The heavily opinionated star of the ABC morning TV show would like to get her new Manhattan apartment all fixed up, put a piano in the living room, invite friends over for a party “and have Shirley MacLaine lead us in singing.” Those will have to wait. For one thing, she hasn’t finished decorating the pad. For another, she hasn’t figured out how to get an 88 up nine floors — none of which is as daunting as vying for airtime with Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd. In all the years she has been doing the show, Behar has never been at a loss for words. Aided by an acid-tipped tongue that is both funny and inflammatory, she always manages to get in her two cents. But the behind the scenes, Behar is a different person. Much less argumentative than when facing the camera, she is charming, totally engaging, someone you’d love to invite to your home for a small dinner party. With a degree in sociology and a master’s in English education, Behar weaves through topics with the ease of a teacher — which she once was at Lindenhurst High on Long Island. This Saturday, the star returns to the Concert Venue at Harrah’s in Atlantic City to do her standup act, and she unashamedly looks at it as something of a good deed. “The relief of spending an hour with me has to be therapeutic. It’s a comic hiatus from the tables,” she says. “I feel as if I’m serving a function. I’m trying to save people from going broke!” Gambling is nothing new to Behar. Her father, Gino, a truckdriver, “liked to play the ponies. My uncle loves Let It Ride. My aunt Julie likes the slots. In fact, my whole family is addicted to Atlantic City. Me? I like blackjack. But I limit myself to losing $300. “I will say this: They need to put in more $10 tables. Continue Reading

Joy Behar shops for an ovarian cancer cure

Whether surrounded by her gaggle of girls in the morning or a roaring comedy club audience at night, Joy Behar is "View"-ed as the witty comic who can draw chuckles from even the grumpiest of curmudgeons.But she's serious when it comes to supporting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, which is why she'll be one of many celebrities attending its 10th annual Super Saturday Designer Garage Sale on July 28 at Nova's Ark Project in Water Mill, L.I., from 1 to 6 p.m. (212-759-2800 or www.ocrf.org  for $400 general admission tickets; $600 for "exclusive preview shopping, noon-1 p.m.)."I go every year to this event," notes the Brooklyn native. "It's a great family affair with pony rides, face painting and lots of shopping! With stuff for kids, food, alcohol and shopping, who can ask for anything more?""Where are George Soros and Bill Gates with their funds?" Behar ponders. "They should put their money and mouths into research. Ovarian cancer is one of the diseases that really needs attention."Another reason Behar is so passionate about it is because she encountered a scare herself. "Two summers ago, I asked for a transvaginal sonogram and it turned out I had several tumors on my ovaries. They operated on me and luckily everything was benign, but it was a pretty dark period of my life."One message she's touting to parents these days is to discuss this cancer with their daughters. "I started this conversation with my daughter Eve years ago, but lately we've been talking about the fact that researchers recently discovered that some symptoms such as bloating, stomach pain and urinary urgency do exist."Rallying behind Behar are her "View" co-hosts Barbara Walters, whose sister passed away from ovarian cancer, and Elizabeth Hasselbeck, who will be reporting from the event for www.gmc.com. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘Treasures of New York: Friars Club’ review: Fresh attitude with comics like Joy Behar and Amy Schumer

The Friars Club has always fascinated the vast majority of New Yorkers who couldn’t get through the doors with a rocket-powered grenade. This admiring new documentary gives us a glimpse inside the Friars’ elite showbiz world, which turns out to look considerably different than it once did. All most of us ever knew about the Friars is that they dressed well, smoked a lot and held “roasts” at which they lovingly hurled scorching insults at famous guests. Our little glimpses would show us Jerry Lewis or Milton Berle throwing off one-liners punctuated with four-letter words and tasteless insults, many of which were also quite funny. It looked like a classic Old Boys’ Club, with women admitted only as escorted guests with their important boyfriends or husbands. Not today. Many of the gags at contemporary roasts come from the likes of Lisa Lampanelli or Amy Schumer, which changes the visuals a lot. Interestingly, though, it changes the tone and language not at all. Turns out the girls know just as many naughty words as the boys, and are no less creative about using them in a sentence. Joy Behar and others talk here about how you just have to take what’s said in the Friars Club in context. If you said many of these things to a random person in the street, it would sound offensive. Inside the club, that’s just the way they talk. When Jerry Lewis is being roasted, for instance, one of the few repeatable jokes goes, “How is it possible that Jerry looks worse than [his late former partner] Dean (Martin)?” Nice that the young folks are carrying on that spirit. Continue Reading

Joy Behar doesn’t blame ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ spoof on Fredric Brandt’s death: ‘Satire doesn’t cause suicide’

Joy Behar doesn’t hold fellow comedians Tina Fey and Martin Short responsible for the death of her friend Dr. Fredric Brandt. It was widely reported that “The Baron of Botox,” who committed suicide on Sunday, had been upset by Short’s portrayal of a grotesque character apparently based on him in Fey’s Netflix show “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” “Satire doesn’t cause suicide,” Behar told [email protected] at the Hollywood Reporter’s annual 35 Most Powerful People in Media event Wednesday night. “We had a chat about his Sirius show being cancelled,” said the former “The View” co-host, who says that she saw Brandt three weeks ago. “He was upset about that. Who knows what causes these things? He might have been manic depressive for all I know.” “He was alone in the world,” said Behar at the Four Seasons party at the Four Seasons restaurant, “He loved his dogs. I don't know what to say about it except it was shocking, quite shocking.” The dermatologist, who treated Madonna and Kelly Ripa among others, was found hanging in his Miami home by a friend. He was being treated for depression and was on suicide watch. Sources close to Brandt had told the Daily News that he was very self-conscious about his appearance and that he had been “upset” by the scenes in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Continue Reading