Joy Behar on ‘The View’ Proves She’s More Than Just a Co-Host on the Valentine’s Day Show

The View panelists Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, and Meghan McCain spend a good portion of time debating politics and several other hot topics each day, often getting into heated confrontations. Yet the show took a different turn on Valentine’s Day, trading in current headlines for a tribute to romance.

Behar, serving as moderator in place of Goldberg for the day, surprised a couple in the audience with an offer they couldn’t refuse.

“The View’s” Joy Behar | Lou Rocco/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

What fans may not know about Joy

Behar’s real name is Josephine Occhiuto, yet she decided to go with her childhood nickname of ‘Joy’ and keep her married name of ‘Behar’ [to first husband Joe] since it was easier to pronounce than her given Italian name. The moniker has served her well in her career as a celebrity.

The comedian’s road to her seat on The View panel included plenty of detours. Earning her master’s degree in English education, the co-host initially wanted to be a teacher and started off her career in the classroom. After suffering an ectopic pregnancy in 1979, she reevaluated her goals and decided to pursue a career in show business by performing stand-up comedy, according to People

Landing a job as a receptionist for Good Morning America while she did stand-up as a side gig, Behar had planned on being discovered by working on the morning news program yet was terminated instead. Fired by GMA in 1983, Behar admits she was “one of their more hostile receptionists,” according to Good Housekeeping

Few may know that in addition to these varied credits to her name, Behar is also an ordained minister and put the title into practice during The View’s Valentine’s Day show for one lucky (and surprised) couple.

Wedding and honeymoon on the house

Moderating Friday’s show, Behar addressed the audience in search of a special pair. “My spies have told me that there is a couple… who are engaged and would love to get married on Valentine’s Day,” she said, according to ABC News. “Where is Sarah Chrisman and Bo Allbritton?”

The couple from Council Bluffs, Iowa had met in 2008 and got engaged after three years of dating, but had yet to tie the knot. Behar decided to give them an enticing offer.

Revealing that she’s an ordained minister, Behar offered to marry them immediately on the air and even add a generous wedding gift. “If you’re willing to make it official right now, we’re willing to throw in another trip to Cabo and I’ll marry you today,” she said, after another couple in the audience had already won a trip to the same locale.

Not wasting any time, the couple jumped on the offer as The View stage was transformed into a wedding chapel. Chrisman was promptly fitted with a veil and Allbritton with a bowtie for the festivities as Behar took her place to officiate.

Vows with a twist

Sticking to her comedic roots, Behar incorporated her own schtick into the ceremony. “What’s this fascination with retail stores? Did you consummate your relationship at Home Depot?” Behar said, noting that the couple met at Best Buy. “The fact is they’ve been living in sin, as you heard, all this time, and now they want to make it official and take all the fun out of it.”

When it came time for the vows, the View co-host took some liberty with the wording. “Do you take Bo as your awfully, awfully, wedded husband and promise to only make him watch the View once or twice a week?” Behar asked Chrisman, to which the bride responded, “I do.”

Behar turned to the groom to pose another question. “And Bo, do you take Sarah as your lawfully wedded wife and promise to keep your nose hairs trimmed and never wear socks with sandals?” Behar asked, with Allbritton then agreeing.

The comedian concluded the ceremony with “by the power vested in me by an online course I now pronounce you husband and wife!”

Congrats to the happy couple!!