August 19, 2002 12:00 PM

The View‘s Joy Behar hosts a five-part series on relationships, Love, Hate & Joy, Aug. 11-15 on the ABC Family channel. Scoop spoke with Behar, 59, to find out what she knows.

Will you draw from your own experiences?

I’m going to have to. I’m not afraid to tell things—without hurting anybody’s feelings.

What was your worst date ever?

In college, my girlfriend and I went with these two guys; we had them laughing so hard they were falling on the floor.

What’s so bad about that?

The guys never called us. Never picked up the phone. That’s when I realized: Being funny is not the same as getting the date to call back.

Whoopi Goldberg says funny women intimidate men.

Certainly my boyfriend [Steve Janowitz] is not intimidated; neither was my former husband.

U.S. divorce rates are roughly 50 percent. Is marriage obsolete?

Once the sexual revolution took hold, people really didn’t have to buy the cow to get the milk. And girls today are like the dairy barn. So guys don’t feel the necessity to get married. And the girls don’t either.

So why do they?

If it wasn’t for that damn biological clock, girls would be as reluctant to marry as guys.

What’s the key to making a marriage work?

Besides separate houses? A housekeeper is number one. When I was married, we used to have fights over [housework] all the time.

Anything else?

Separate money.

What ruins a marriage?

Another woman. Look at Donald Trump. Another woman. Rudy Giuliani? Another woman.

How is working solo different from The View?

It’s weird not to be interrupted.

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