Joy Behar falls trying to get into her chair on ‘The View’
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“The View” co-host Joy Behar took a tumble after attempting to climb into one of the high stools the show uses at its famous “folded leaf” table March 3, 2022.
The show was just starting and Behar, along with co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines and Sunny Hostin entered the studio from camera left like they always do.
Behar’s fall wasn’t captured directly on camera; it appeared to happen when the control room cut away for a shot of audience members clapping.
It did, however, then cut to a wide view of the studio as seen from a handheld camera that typically swings around behind the desk at the start of the show and Behar could be seen on the floor as Hostin, Haines and Goldberg rushed to her aid.
“The chairs move. You touch it and you’re … on the ground,” said Goldberg, demonstrating how the stylish (but perhaps not as functional) stools with flat bases and a metal foot rest apparently aren’t the easiest to get into.
“They’re high,” noted one of the co-hosts. The chairs appear to be similar to counter height bar stools.
“Who do I sue?” joked Behar, while also commenting that her husband probably saw the slip up watching from home. “Dead or alive!” she proclaimed after a crew member held the chair for her as she made a second, successful attempt to get in the stool.
“The View” is fed live to many parts of the country and on tape delay for others.
“The View” isn’t the first ABC News show to have chair issues.
Haines’ former talk show with Michael Strahan, then known as “Strahan & Sara,” had a “chairgate” after an on air redo meant the hosts got new, mismatched chairs that many viewers hated.
That lead to a series of chairs in varying styles that were “tried out” as a tongue in cheek joke. The show eventually settled on less controversial upholstered ones. The show went on to add a third co-host Keke Palmer and was renamed “Strahan, Sara & Keke” but was put on hiatus near the start of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 so ABC News could offer an hour of “What You Need to Know.” That show would eventually be renamed “GMA3: What You Need to Know” and became permanent, canceling “Strahan, Sara and Keke.”
Back in 2015, Goldberg returned to the show after back surgery and the show swapped out the more stylish chairs it was using the time with one that looked straight off the floor of an office supply store for her. Later, as a joke, all of the co-hosts sat in matching ones.
Prior to that, the show got a completely new set, logo and other updates in 2014 that moved away from having hosts seated around a table with a folded down leaf emblazoned with its name.
Instead, the hosts sat in armchairs and the table become a coffee table. That look didn’t last long and the show went through a series of set tweaks, including to both the table and chairs, over the coming months.
It would eventually return to the familiar format of hosts seated around table with the curved front, which isn’t actually a functional leaf.
In March 2020, the show got a “big ass” desk (as dubbed by Goldberg) to help with social distancing. This version appeared to the use the stools that are still in use today.
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