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joy spring paid tribute to Barbara Walters After his death at the age of 93. comedians who have co-hosted Scene – which was created by Barbara – appeared since 1997 ABC To remember the television legend. “She became a mentor. She’s definitely a role model for a lot of people in showbiz and the news world… She had a work ethic that you couldn’t deny,” Joy said of Barbara’s life and their relationship. About shared during a phone interview on Dec. 31.

“She was always prepared and she was always working on her material. She didn’t go out there and didn’t know what she was doing. It was an important thing to learn,” the 80-year-old recalled, also Sharing that Barbara had an unexpected feeling. “She could laugh, have fun, tell a dirty joke. She was so funny! … We’ve had a lot of laughs on camera and off camera,” she also said during the interview.

“Definitely, [she’s] My work life and career has meant a lot to me – she came to see me do a stand for a benefit and that’s how she got to know me….she got that humor,” Joy said at 90. said of their initial meeting in the late 1990s. “He said, ‘Who’s that lady?’ And that was the beginning of him deciding to call me and put me on the air,” adding, “I’ll miss him.”

Joey and Barbara had a long-term working relationship early on. Scene, While Joey was not part of the original full-time cast and was initially a fill-in host – he was quickly added to the group as a regular host during the first season.

Barbara Walters and Joey Behar are seen together in a cast photo for ‘The View’. (Everett Collection)

The show was described by Barbara at launch as “a talk show featuring four or five women from different backgrounds, different generations and different opinions” who would discuss topics of the day, leading to intelligent debate. mixed with humor during the opening “Hot Topics” segment, followed by guest interviews in entertainment and political spaces.

happiness has been a constant Scene Since 1997, except for just two years from 2013 after being fired. “Someone wanted me to leave,” said back in 2017 people, “It wasn’t 100 percent my choice. When they told me they weren’t renewing, I said, ‘Well, I’m out of here.’ I didn’t like the way the show was going at the time,” she said of the two-year break, where she still appeared as a guest host. Despite saying she was “fired was happy with time Magazine, she eventually returned full-time in 2015, and is currently a host on the series.

before being In fact Fired, it turns out Joey was on the chopping block himself in 2006 thanks to Barbara for accidentally revealing Rosie O’Donnell Joining the cast. Joey misses the landscape of Hulu Behind the Table: A Visual Reunion, ,[EW called and] Said, ‘Oh, and Rosie O’Donnell is coming on the show. And guess who told them?’” Joy said, recalling the conversation with Barbara. After Joy guessed Meredith Vieira might have spilled the beans, Barbara then replied, “‘No, you did! Joy Behar did. And I want you to know that I’m not renewing your contract. Notably, Joey remained on the series at the time,

Barbara retired from the show in 2014, and was given a rousing send-off by her co-hosts – including Joy – as well as many other women she inspired in television.

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