On Thursday morning, viewers of ABC’s popular talk show The View were left aghast after Joy Behar allegedly cracked an inappropriate joke about Sara Haines’ recently deceased dog. According to Decider’s report, the incident began during a segment regarding Ali Wong’s comedy that dares to explore motherhood and pregnancy humorously. While her remarks may have been made in jest, many found them crude and distasteful given the situation at hand.
On the topic of Ali Wong’s unique comedic style, Behar and her colleagues initiated a conversation about how single individuals have more independence than those in relationships or with kids since they don’t need to accommodate their children’s preferences or spouses’ requirements.
As a mother to three little ones, Haines candidly discussed the struggles of parenting – even though she experiences many luxuries as an accomplished entertainer. She confessed that it can be hard for families, who have to continually alter their plans around their children’s routines every single day; something which makes her envious of those without kids and living freely.
“My chihuahuas had better bladders than my kids,” Haines stated.
Continuing the conversation, Behar posed her follow-up question, “You actually have chihuahuas and three children?!”
Haines explicated that the Chihuahuas had unfortunately passed away, thus she no longer owned them. She said:
“No, I had Chihuahuas. They passed — you were here for both of their passings!”
At eighty years of age, Behar made it crystal clear that she had no recollection of Haines’ dogs passing away while they were both on-air as co-hosts for The View. She stated, “I always block bad things like that.”
In contrast, Haines recalled precisely how Behar had reacted after the demise of her two Chihuahuas, which were greatly cherished by Haines and her family until their passing. Thus, she chose to make known to The View audience what unkind remark Behar had made in response.
“I had a balloon at my birthday, and you go, ‘Oh, is that the dead one?’” Haines stated.
Incensed that Haines was airing an issue that would tarnish the reputation of The View’s 80-year-old host, Behar unleashed her fury. She vehemently denied ever making such a statement with vehement denial: “I did not say that!”
Desperate to explain how Behar had mistreated her after the passing of her puppies, Haines was interrupted by an outraged Behar before she could finish. In a cutting tone, the eighty-year-old retorted: “Oh, be quiet!”
Despite recently turning eighty, Behar has no intention of calling it quits on The View. Yet some have started to speculate whether she is exhibiting signs of senility.
“I just signed a contract, so I’ll be here for a while,” Behar said at 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 further added about 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 the 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.”