Thursday, October 07, 2010

Happy Birthday Joy Behar

Once upon a time, Joy Behar was the resident loud-mouthed liberal on The View, the go-to gal when it came to controversy. Her clashes with Star Jones are legendary not least of all for their apparent civility; though they clearly didn't like each other, their conflicts never were as personal as those to come...

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketEnter: Rosie O'Donnell.

From the first it appeared that O'Donnell would usurp Behar's position on the show, but I doubt Behar minded; many times when Rosie was spouting off, Behar was leaning back, arms crossed across her chest, a very satisfied smile on her face. This is clearly because Behar is a team player; she was likely glad to have someone else draw fire for awhile.

Not that Behar managed to remain entirely unscathed in this era. Her frequent tangles with the Catholic Church (in which she was raised) have made her as much a hero around the Pop Culture Institute as they have a villain at the New York Archdiocese.

As O'Donnell's differences with fellow panellist Elisabeth Hasselbeck descended into frankly petty name-calling and extreme animosity on both sides, it became obvious that Behar was prepared for her re-ascendancy.

Exit: Rosie O'Donnell, and now not only is Joy Behar the only original member of the panel, aside from Barbara Walters (who doesn't appear daily anyway) she even has her own show; all hail the true Queen of Chat... Long may she kvetch!
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2 comments:

Y | O | Y said...

I first saw Joy on a comedy special about 20 years ago. I've enjoyed her ever since!

michael sean morris said...

The whole time I was writing this, I was thinking, if this doesn't get a comment from Y|O|Y I'll eat my hat.

Thanks for proving me right!