True to form Joy Behar is letting it rip on her new talk show, Joy Behar: Say Anything! airing 6 p.m. Tuesday on Current TV, owned by the one and only Al Gore. The Brooklyn born comic, 69, talked to reporters via conference call about her new forum:
How closely have you been following gossip, this Prince Harry stuff?
You mean the fact that he was naked? Rupert Murdoch said, “Cut him a deal.” Yes, well, Rupert Murdoch, of course, given this position that he’s in right now, any kind of distraction, I guess, would be good. And any time you can find a male member of the Royal Family that looks good naked, you should run with it.
Are you going to make your first guest, Al Gore, funny on your show?
In addition to being a comedian, I’m also a magician. No, truthfully, I heard that he’s very funny. I don’t know the guy. I haven’t met him. He only runs the station. But I’ve had people tell me that he can be very funny and likes to play. So I’m looking forward to it.
Why Current TV?
I like this network a lot. I like the fact that they told me I could say anything, and that I can talk about politics. And it’s my show. I’m an only child. I’ve been playing with siblings on The View for 15 years, and now I’d just like to be alone. And I don’t know that a lot of channels out there have millions and gazillions of viewers.
How will this differ from the subject matter of your previous talk show on HLN?
I can promise you with the word Casey Anthony might not — will not come up. I have a lot of interests. I’m not just, you know, interested in one subject. We’re going to have a lot of topics.
Who are your top three dream guests right now ?
Dead: Nora Ephron. Alive: Mel Brooks and President Obama.
How are you going to get guests to open up?
Well, we’re going to pretend that we’re not on the air. I’ll tell them that this is just an inside conversation. See if they go for that. I’ll do the best I can. I don’t know, we’ll just have to disarm them, and get people comfortable so that they will talk. Mostly people do talk to me. They do say things, and we’re not going to censor anybody.
There was a news item recently where you said that every time any of the “Real Housewives” released a CD, a little piece of you died inside.
Yes. I was talking about Gore Vidal’s comment that whenever a friend succeeds, a little of something in me dies. And I just did an analogy to every time — what do you call? — a TV housewife writes a book or gets another show, a little something in me dies. It was basically a joke. I truly don’t even watch those shows, and I’ve had those women on my HLN show. And they’re quite amusing, but it was kind of a joke. I don’t really care about it that much.