In the 2016 clip shared by The Wrap media editor Jon Levine, Behar was discussing an op-ed by The New York Times about how naturally curly hair was coming back. Subsequently, a photo of the red-head dressed as a black woman popped up on the screen of the ABC talk show.
The 76-year-old then tried to justify the photo of herself at age 29 to the confused panel and audience. Her co-host at the time Raven-Symoné asked, “Joy, are you black?” to which Behar responded, “I was so cute.”
“Joy … are you my auntie, Joy?” Raven-Symoné quipped back. “Did you have tanning lotion on, Joy?” Behar then explained that the hair was actually her hair and she wore makeup “that was a little bit darker than my skin.”
Joy Behar admitted during a taping of The View in 2016 to dressing as a “beautiful African women” at a Halloween party when she was 29 which involved makeup “that was a little bit darker than my skin”
The show even ran an image of the old photo pic.twitter.com/qKQqzDPxyn
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) February 6, 2019
The clip of the liberal comes just a few months after fellow talk show star Megyn Kelly was fired from NBC after making racially charged comments suggesting it was OK for white people to paint their faces black. At the time, Al Roker put her on blast.
“The fact is, while she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country,” he said at the time. “This is a history going back to the 1830s—minstrel shows to demean and denigrate a race wasn’t right. I’m old enough to know have lived through Amos ‘n’ Andy, where you had white people in blackface playing two black characters, just magnifying the worst stereotypes about black people—and that’s what the problem is. That’s what the issue is.”
Megyn later apologized for her comments on air. “I want to begin with two words: I’m sorry,” she said. “You may have heard that yesterday we had a conversation about political correctness and Halloween costumes… I defended the idea (of blackface), saying that as long it was respectful and part of a Halloween costume, that it seemed OK. Well, I was wrong, and I am sorry.”
“I have never been a PC kind of person. This past year has been so painful for many people of color,” Kelly continued. “The country feels so divided and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense. I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor, and I want to be part of that. Thank you for listening and for helping me listen too.”
Stay tuned for a potential apology from Behar.