EW Staff
March 07, 2013 AT 12:00 PM EST

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Joy Behar will leave ABC’s daytime talker The View after her contract expires in August.

“Joy Behar has been instrumental in the success of The View from the very beginning,” according to an ABC statement. “We wish her all the best in this next chapter, and are thrilled that we have her for the remainder of the season.”

Behar has co-hosted the show for nearly 17 years. She told Deadline that “it seemed like the right time. You reach a point when you say to yourself, ‘Do I want to keep doing this?’ There are other things on my plate I want to do — I’ve been writing a play, I’ve been neglecting my standup.”

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