The View's Thanksgiving celebration turned into the Joy Behar Comedy Hour Wednesday morning as the longtime co-host repeatedly derailed the discussion with bizarre asides and even more bizarre questions. The bulk of today's Joy-isms came during brief segments with celebrity chef Anne Burrell, but she still had a few surprises up her sleeve for fans of Hot Topics:
Joy Forgets How Cows Work
Joy got things started on a high (?) note when Burrell served the co-hosts a vegetarian pumpkin soup that could be made vegan by removing the whipped cream topping. "Wait a minute. You can't even have whipped cream if you're a vegan?" asked Joy. "What has that got to do with animals?"
When Burrell reminded her that whipped cream contains dairy, Joy snapped back into it — just in time to mimic milking a cow. "Yes, exactly, that whole situation," replied Burrell, with a laugh.
.@chefanneburrell is here to kick off #Thanksgiving on @TheView and keep our co-hosts fed all show long! 🦃— The View (@TheView) November 24, 2021
Get all of her recipes from today's show: https://t.co/GlhFSU9fb4 pic.twitter.com/ie1pUbmdwO
Joy, Noted Non-Chef, Thinks She Can Improve Anne Burrell's Recipes
When The View returned from a commercial break, Burrell treated the ladies to a bacon-wrapped date and Manchego cheese appetizer. While Joy did admit that the food is "so good" — she spent much of the segment picking her teeth, and later said a producer told her to stop — it didn't stop her from asking a chef's least-favorite question: "What if you didn't want to use a date and you wanted to use something else in there? What else could you use?"
"She's changing the recipe," replied Sunny Hostin, earning a laugh from the audience. Whoopi then said that it wouldn't matter what you put inside, as the bacon makes it "all united," prompting yet another weird comment from Joy.
"Or that Japanese thing with the chicken liver and the bacon, what's that called? Rumaki," asked Joy. "Oh, yes, that. You could do that," replied a visibly confused Burrell. "You can stuff anything you want in it."
But the recipe-swapping didn't stop there. When Burrell brought out stuffed mushrooms with chicken sausage on top, Joy insisted that her Aunt Rose used to make something similar with regular Italian sausage. "Those were killers," she said, implying that Burrell's are not.
"She's changing all the recipes today!" said Sunny, in what was perhaps the only coherent thought uttered throughout the segment.
Joy Encourages Everyone to "Come Out to Your Family This Thanksgiving"
During a Hot Topic about discussing politics at the Thanksgiving table, Joy offered a piece of (potentially good, but certainly not blanket) advice. "They always say don't talk politics or religion. What's more important — those are interesting topics! What, are you going to ask Grandma if she's ovulating?" she said. "I would like to suggest that everyone out there come out to your family this Thanksgiving. Just come out! See what happens."
"I'm sorry, I'm just curious. Come out the door...?" asked Whoopi. "No, come out gay. If you're gay, come out," replied Behar. "I say that you should be yourself, is my philosophy in life. I'm here 25 years, I'm always the same. Annoying as I am. So, my whole thing is you come out and be yourself. Don't let anybody tell you what you have to be in life."
Underneath the Joy of it all, this is actually a very sweet sentiment. And yet, as we've seen, taking advice of any kind, be it cooking or personal, from Joy Behar is probably not a great idea.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.
TOPICS: The View, ABC, Anne Burrell, Joy Behar, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin, Whoopi Goldberg, Thanksgiving