Joy Behar is leaving Atlanta-based HLN at the end of this year, according to Deadline.com. (An HLN spokeswoman confirmed this news to me via email at 10:39 a.m.)
Mediabistro is characterizing the end as a “cancellation.” HLN would prefer to be kinder and call it a “non-renewal.”
Behar, better known for her spot on ABC’s “The View,” released a bland statement this morning: “I am very proud of the show that we created at HLN and I owe tremendous thanks to the show team who made it possible.”
HLN did not say why they did not renew Behar’s contract, but ratings were nothing to get excited about.
The show, which airs at 10 p.m. and airs from New York City, regularly draws fewer viewers than HLN’s top-rated evening program hosted by Nancy Grace. On Tuesday, it brought in 391,000 viewers, fourth place among news cable channels compared to 367,000 for Dr. Drew at 9 p.m. and 711,000 for Grace at 8 p.m.
The 10 p.m. slot will be filled starting in January, likely (though not definitively) with Grace repeats. Behar will air new episodes until mid-December, followed by repeats.
This past week, her guests have been Melania Trump, Donald’s wife; Diane Keaton, Larry King, Ellen Barkin and Chely Wright, the first female country singer to come out.
I have not heard from an HLN spokeswoman yet.