"Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in," Joy Behar says

By Michele Corriston
Updated August 25, 2015 02:25 PM
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Joy Behar is back.

The comedian is rejoining The View as co-host for season 19 – and she’s bringing Full House star Candace Cameron-Bure and journalist Paula Faris with her, ABC announced Tuesday.

“Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in,” Behar, 72, said in a statement. “Plus, [husband Steve Janowitz] was getting tired of applauding every time I gave my opinion. But I’m happy to be back home. And I’m looking forward to sticking my two cents into the hot topics, especially now that Hillary and the Donald are in the spotlight.”

The women will co-host alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Raven-Symoné and Michelle Collins; Sherri Shepherd is returning as a contributor.

Behar, 72, left the daytime talk show in 2013 but has come back to guest-host ever since. In late July, she said she rejected the network’s offer to co-host again, telling WBAZ, “They wouldn’t really negotiate well enough for me.”

Of her original departure, she said, “I’m not always sure why that happened, but I was ready to go. I had had enough. I think that somebody – I can’t mention names – made the decision to change the show for some reason. So Elizabeth Hasselbeck and I both had to leave.”