Joy Behar is leaving "The View," she told Deadline on Thursday night.

Behar, a longtime standup comic and an unapologetic liberal, has been on the ABC talk show since 1997. She said she would leave in August, when her contract expires. Her exit leaves Barbara Walters as the show's only remaining original co-host.

“It seemed like the right time,” Behar told Deadline. “You reach a point when you say to yourself, ‘Do I want to keep doing this?’ There are other things on my plate I want to do — I’ve been writing a play, I’ve been neglecting my standup.”

Behar has had shows on Current TV and HLN, and she has met with Jeff Zucker, the new head of CNN who is reportedly looking to add a comedy show, In a statement to Deadline, ABC said, “Joy Behar has been instrumental in the success of The View from the very beginning. We wish her all the best in this next chapter, and are thrilled that we have her for the remainder of the season.”

"The View" has not had a cast change since 2007, when Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd arrived. It has weathered many storms — most notably, the extremely acrimonious departures of Rosie O'Donnell and Star Jones. Behar, however, has been a constant.

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    NEW YORK - DECEMBER 18: Televison host Joy Behar attends a party for ABC Daytime stars to celebrate actress Kathy Brier's new lead role in the Broadway musical 'Hairspray' at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse December 18, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actress Joy Baher attends the Air America Radio Launch Party on March 30, 2004 at the Maritime Hotel, in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 22: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Joy Behar arrives at Studio 54 for the opening night of 'The Assassins' April 22, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Eells/Getty Images)

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  • Opening Of "Whoopi" After Party

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    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Television personality Joy Behar attends Dr. Fredric Brandt's SiriusXM launch event at SiriusXM Studio on September 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

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