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Joy Behar Wonders Aloud Why Everyone Wants to Touch Her Post-COVID

"I know I'm delightful, but really?"
  • Please, stop touching Joy Behar. (Photo: ABC)
    Please, stop touching Joy Behar. (Photo: ABC)

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    After yesterday's five-alarm blow-up, the women of The View took a break from fighting with a cool, calm, and collected Wednesday broadcast. The mood was light as the ladies discussed plans for a "Hot Vaxx Summer," but the curmudgeonly Joy Behar revealed that she's already irritated with the realities of post-pandemic life. A note for Joy's friends: please, stop with the hugging.

    In a rare moment of unity, the co-hosts agreed that they're looking forward to the "Hot Vaxx Summer" and the freedom that comes along with it. "It's all over. I'm going to Vegas," said Meghan McCain. "We are just looking for the simple things," added Sara Haines. "A barbecue, some beers on the porch, running around with our closest friends. The weather is beautiful. Everything, in this season, just seems so hopeful."

    However, Joy Behar is already running into problems with life post-COVID: namely, all the touching. "The biggest excitement is that we'll be eating dinner after 5 p.m.," Behar joked of her summer plans. "But you know, there are parts of this whole 'freedom' thing that I'm annoyed with already. People seem to feel that when they do see you, they have to hug you and 'Oh! I haven't seen you!'"

    "These are people that I've been Zooming with for a year, so I feel like I've seen them, but they don't seem to feel the same way," Behar said of her touchy-feely friends. "They seem to feel that they need to actually have touching — they have to have a tactile moment with me. And I say, 'I just saw you! I see you 10 times a week!' And yet they feel that this is a whole new me. I know I'm delightful, but really? They want to touch me!"

    To be fair, Behar has a point. We DID do a lot of unnecessary touching before COVID, and it's probably not something we should return to. But still, this seems like a grievance you should air in your group chat, not before millions of viewers on live television. Keep that stuff to yourself, Joy!

    Elsewhere on The View, Meghan McCain broke ranks with her GOP colleagues and insisted that there should be a separate, bipartisan inquiry into the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. "I obviously hated the violence and the rioting that happened over the summer, but there still is a difference between looting a Best Buy and then attacking our Capitol and attacking our Republic," she said, adding that there's a "social virus" that's radicalizing Americans on the right.

    "Some of these strategists and people — Caitlyn Jenner has a woman working on her team who helped organize and put on the rally that led to the insurrection," continued McCain. "So, if these people were also in the swamp that continue to be paid giant amounts of money by people like Caitlyn Jenner to continue to advise them, that's a whole other problem, as well, because they're not being held accountable for their roles."

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    Claire Spellberg Lustig is the TV Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.

    TOPICS: The View, Joy Behar, Meghan McCain