Season 26 of The View begins with a low-key shadow of Joy Behar

Some viewers probably noticed a big change when “The View” returned for its 26th season on Sept. 6, 2022 — and it had nothing to do with new co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin filling one of the seats at the table. That’s because the chairs themselves were changed, and we suspect Joy Behar was relieved by the furniture swap.

Last season, Behar suffered a fall on the show’s set while attempting to sit in a swivel chair. But as Entertainment Weekly pointed out, the set underwent an overhaul that made the seats sturdier. Now the ladies can’t physically twirl around, so they have to settle for putting their unique spin on the day’s news.

It will take more than one fall to get Behar to permanently vacate her place on The View. She’s been a fixture on the show for nearly a quarter of a century, and the comedian’s rep has slammed rumors that she plans to retire in the coming years, telling the New York Post that she and ABC are reaching an agreement that result in her decision will be her non-rotating roost until 2025. That’s three more years of Behar sparking controversy and casting shadows — and the latter she made sure of during the season 26 premiere.

Joy Behar’s shady dig at former hosts

As the ladies of “The View” embarked on a long day of discussions about politics and pop culture at the season 26 premiere, they met and chatted about their summer vacations. The women showered compliments on Joy Behar about how incredible she looked, and she revealed, “I’ve lost a little weight.” She also seemed to point out she’d lost something else as she returned the love of her panelmates: the co-hosts who were no longer with them.

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After Sunny Hostin commented on how well the current group of panel members get along, Behar said, “People ask me, and I always say that’s the best group we have to hold together, I think.” To tone down that slight shadow , Behar added, “I mean, there were others that worked, too.” She didn’t name names, but conservative political pundit Ana Navarro and former Trump official Alyssa Farah Griffin were brought into the fold to support Behar’s former on- Air nemesis to replace Meghan McCain. In an appearance on The Commentary Magazine Podcast, McCain revealed that she decided to leave The View because of the way Behar treated her when she returned from maternity leave. “The day I returned to the show, Joy Behar said on air, ‘No one missed you, we didn’t miss you, you shouldn’t come back,'” McCain recalled. “I started crying hysterically.”

But during the season 26 premiere of The View, host Whoopi Goldberg assured viewers, “Look, we’re trying to have a good time with everyone, okay?”