Hot Topic: Is Joy Behar Losing It?

by | October 27, 2010 at 1:21 PM | Celebrities, Daytime TV, The View

Joy Behar discussing Sharon Angle on ABC's 'The View' Oct. 26

Joy Behar discussing Sharon Angle on ABC's 'The View' Oct. 26

Is Joy Behar losing it?

For 13 seasons, Joy was among the most unflappable of all the women who have come and gone from ‘The View.’ It’s one reason why she is one of only two survivors from the show’s premiere season in 1997 (the other is Barbara Walters, of course).

But lately, Joy suddenly has steam coming out her ears! This new-found, quick-tempered volatility was on full display on Tuesday’s ‘View’ when she railed about Nevada Republican senatorial candidate Sharron Angle, who Behar shrilly labeled a “bitch,” a “moron,” “stupid” and “evil.” The ‘View’ ladies (except for Whoopi Goldberg, who was absent that day) were discussing a TV commercial the Angle campaign has been running in Nevada in her bid to unseat incumbent democrat Harry Reid, Senate majority leader. The ad attacks Reid’s record on the immigration issue, and to makes its point, the ad uses ominous images of Latino gang members that offended Behar.

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So she went off on Angle. “Let me tell you how stupid she is,” Joy said angrily. “Twenty-five percent of the voters in Nevada are Hispanic, 80 percent of them are Mexican. This is a moron, on top of being evil.”

Watch Joy share her view on Sharon Angle in the clip below:

Behar then challenged Angle to show her face in New York’s South Bronx, where Behar believes residents would stomp all over the candidate. “I’d like to see her do this ad in the South Bronx,” Behar sneered. “Come here, bitch, come to New York and do it! . . . She’s going to hell, this bitch!” [Watch the video here.]

Behar’s fit of rage follows by less than two weeks her most recent previous display of anger – the now-infamous ‘View’ segment in which she became so offended by a statement guest Bill O’Reilly said about Muslims that she and Whoopi Goldberg stalked off the set. Back then, when the ‘View’ ladies got together a few days later to talk about the incident on their show, Behar explained why she walked off. “On this show, we always speak about standing up to bigotry, so I stood up,” she said.

This Tuesday night on her own prime-time talk show on HLN, Behar continued her attacks on Angle, calling her a “race-baiter” and “brazenly racist.” Behar’s guest for that segment – Roy Sekoff, a founding editor of The Huffington Postexpressed his own concern over Joy’s recent, and surprising, outbursts.

“You’re on a bit of a roll lately,” Sekoff said. “I think you need to get away from the TV. You’ve been watching too many of these ads. They’re getting to you, girl!”

Replying to Sekoff, Joy explained why she’s so passionate about this particular campaign ad. “The thing about me is that I really can’t stand when someone’s a race baiter,” she said – calmly this time. “I don’t like it. I feel propelled to say things like that, that’s how I am. Nobody in my family ever told me to shut up . . . and I still won’t shut up.”

Last month, she told Fancast in an interview that she finds it therapeutic to express herself when she’s angry, instead of keeping her anger churning inside of her with nowhere to go. “I’ve trained myself, and with the help of therapy, to understand why something is aggravating me, so I work it out,” she said. “That’s one thing. And the other thing is I’m a venter. I vent my aggravation to my friends, my boyfriend, so I don’t get an ulcer from things.”

So what’s come over Joy Behar lately? Is this just some kind of a bid to elevate her profile on TV, to craft a new image of outspokenness? And what about the language she’s using? OK, so she’s angry. Does that mean it’s appropriate for her to engage in this kind of schoolyard name-calling, calling someone a “bitch” and a “moron” on national TV?