Joy Behar leaves ABC's 'The View' after 16 years

Talk show host Joy Behar arrives at the opening reception for Rosie O'Donnell's art exhibition "Solace" at The Gallery at New World Stages Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007 in New York. (AP Photo/Gary He)

August 9, 2013 3:40:58 PM PDT
Joy Behar, a co-host on ABC's 'The View,' has officially left the show after 16 years.

Behar's last day was on Friday August 9, 2013. The show was full of surprises, including a guest appearance by Tony Bennett, who serenaded her.

Other stars also stopped by to pay tribute and share personal memories.

Behar thanked her co-hosts and former guests.

"To all the girls I sat with here before I would like to say thank you, I salute you all and I want to thank you for all the fun and lively conversations about everything and anything. I was born an only child, but now I know first-hand what sibling rivalry is all about," she said.

The 70-year-old comedian says she's leaving to focus on other projects, like writing a play and returning to standup comedy.