By Tony Maglio
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Joy Behar's last day on "The View" will be Friday, August 9, ABC announced Thursday.
Behar, an original co-host, is leaving the morning chat show after 16 years. Her exit follows that of co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who left for Fox News. Barbara Walters announced her upcoming retirement from the show earlier this year.
For her send-off show, ABC promises "a can't-miss celebration filled with surprise guests, music and make-out sessions."
The tribute will be titled, "This Was Your Life on 'The View' Joy Behar."
The special episode will look back at Behar's most memorable moments from her tenure on the show, including everything from walking off during Bill O'Reilly's appearance, being used as a human barbell by LL Cool J, grilling Senator John McCain and her pop culture quiz with President Obama.
Mario Cantone, Susie Essman, Regis Philbin, Meredith Vieira, Joan Rivers, Alan Alda and Tony Bennett will be on hand for the celebration. Special pre-taped goodbye messages from Hollywood celebrities are also sprinkled throughout the celebration.
Jenny McCarthy is joining "The View" as a co-host this fall.