via press release:
AFTER 16 YEARS, BIDS ADIEU TO “ ,” FRIDAY AUGUST 9 ON ABC
A Can’t-Miss Celebration Filled with Surprise Guests, Music and Make-Out Sessions
After 16years on ABC’s “ ,” original co-host bids the show and current hosts Whoopi, Sherri and Barbara farewell, but not until she takes a stroll down memory lane for “This Was Your Life on ‘ ’ ,” Friday, August 9 on ABC (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET).
With her friends and family seated in the audience, it’s a spectacular send-off that looks back at some of her most memorable and most talked about moments, everything from walking off during Bill O’Reilly’s appearance, being used as a human barbell by LL Cool J, grilling Senator John McCain, her pop culture quiz with President Obama that left him 50 shades of red, a montage of make-out sessions and trading barbs with a famous drag queen. Special pre-taped goodbye messages from Hollywood celebrities are also sprinkled throughout the celebration.
The hour is filled with a bevy of Behar’s pals, including the show’s master of ceremonies, Mario Cantone; best friend Susie Essman, who talks of their early years on the comedy club circuit; Regis Philbin revealing who really discovered her; former moderator of “” Meredith Vieira getting passionate; comedic sparring with Joan Rivers; and Alan Alda recounting how they first met. Legendary singer Tony Bennett serenades Behar with a classic song, as she’s spun ‘round the dance floor by Alda.
But in true “View” fashion, it’s Behar who gets the final word -- and the last laugh -- as she leaves the studio audience in hysterics and show creator Barbara Walters speechless.