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Things took an odd turn on the ABC talk show “The View” on Thursday morning when the 80 year-old co-host Joy Behar gleefully admitted to saying “awful” things about people after they die.

Behar’s Admission

It all started during a segment in which Behar and her fellow co-hosts discussed a growing trend of people announcing their divorces on social media, which is something that the Hollywood star Reese Witherspoon did last week.

Co-host Sunny Hostin kicked things off by recalling a friend once throwing a “tell her friends she’s getting divorced’ party,” adding that as a “repressed Catholic,” she tried to convince her friend to get back with her husband. 

“I shouldn’t have said anything but you invited me to the divorce announcement party and so I thought you wanted feedback,” Hostin joked.

That’s when Behar inexplicably shifted the conversation to death, admitting that she’s said “stupid things” about people after they’ve passed away. When co-host Sara Haines tried to get her to clarify what she meant by this, Behar replied, “Oh, I can’t even. It’s so awful.” 

Despite this, Behar proceeded to keep going.

“When somebody’s mother died, right? I said, ‘Well, when your father dies, it won’t be that bad,’” Behar revealed, with Haines asking, “And what you meant was, they’ll be together?”

“Another time I said, ‘Well, both of them are dead, so now you’re next.’ But I sincerely was trying to be good to them — helpful,” Behar continued. 

Behar concluded by saying that she’s since “learned” her lesson about this sort of thing because both of these friends “turned” on her.

“I will now be nice about it and say, ‘Oh, I’m very sorry.’ And that’s all you say,” Behar stated. “‘I’m very sorry for your loss.'”

Check out this full segment in the video below.

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Behar Turns 80

Behar was one of the original hosts of “The View” when it premiered back in 1997, and though she was fired in 2013, she was brought back two years later and has remained on the show ever since. She celebrated her 80th birthday in October of last year, but despite this, she has “no plans” to retire. 

“I just signed a contract so I’ll be here for a while,” Behar told People Magazine around the time of her birthday. “I have no plans to retire.”

“It’s really, you know, something that is an important show in many ways,” she went on to say of the ABC talk show. “Sometimes I don’t believe that, as I’ve been here since the beginning, but we’re the most-watched show in daytime. Most-watched! I’m happy to be a part of it. So no, I’m not going anywhere. I’m having a good time.”

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Behar ‘Almost Died’

Yesterday wasn’t the first time that Behar discussed death on “The View.” Last year, she revealed that she’d nearly died back in 1979 after having an ectopic pregnancy. 

“I almost died,” she told her co-hosts, according to Page Six

Behar went on to explain that an ectopic pregnancy is when an embryo “is growing in the fallopian tube,” adding that it can “grow just enough to make the tube burst [and] … you bleed internally, and then you die.”

“The doctor the next day said, ‘We almost lost you,’” she remembered. “I was in the situation where I could go to Beth Israel Hospital, and they took care of it there.”

Perhaps this near-death experience should have made Behar a little more sensitive to death as a concept, but given her admission today, it seems that it did not at all. In the end, Behar confessing that she speaks negatively about the dead says everything about her character, and it doesn’t surprise us one bit. 

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