Our favorite View co-host Joy Behar dishes on her upcoming Trump survival guide, and why she brought her friends to the Hamptons to raise money for The Retreat and domestic violence victims.
Tell me about your relationship with The Retreat, and why you're invested in working with them to stop domestic abuse. JOY BEHAR: I learned about The Retreat a few years ago from Caroline Hirsch and others. Recently, I was at benefit with The Discovery Channel people and I got to talking to a member of The Retreat staff. I asked her if she would like me to try to raise some money by enlisting some of my friends to perform at Guild Hall this summer. I visited the shelter recently and it became clear that they are doing a phenomenal job but there is a great deal of need. Windows need blinds and kids need pajamas and toys, etc. The turnover of clients is large and the wear and tear on the facility and its contents is constant. There are many charities to help out but this one seems to be in our own backyard and I felt it deserved my help. These are women and children fleeing with only the clothes on their backs to escape abuse. Attention must be paid.
You had some great comedians perform this past weekend to benefit The Retreat, how did you manage to pull all of them together? JB: I reached out to some of my very talented friends—Susie Essman, Mario Cantone, Anthony Atamanuik, who has been doing an incredible impression of Trump, and Darlene Love—who all agreed to lend their support for The Retreat.
How great is that Trump impression? JB: He is spot on. Every gesture and nuance is captured and the material pretty much writes itself when it comes out of Trump’s mouth. Hilarious.
I hear you have a Trump survival guide due out this fall... I thought you two used to be friends? JB: My book is called The Great Gasbag—it’s an A to Z guide to surviving this presidency. I don’t think we were ever “friends,” but he has been hot and cold towards me over the years depending on how complementary and useful I’ve been to him and Melania.
Is there anything lacking in your life that you want to go out and get? JB: The only thing I want more of is time. I am writing plays these days and I like doing that so the challenge is to squeeze in my projects in between the View hours. I am very interested in relationships between men and women, because that’s my experience. I am writing a play about a marriage that has gone awry… It’s a comedy.
Are there any places you like to shop, eat out at, or visit in NYC or the Hamptons? JB: I like Gennaro’s in the city with its authentic Italian food. In the Hamptons, I go to every restaurant, practically, but The American Hotel, Almond and Dockside are my faves. I’m a yard sale junky, always on the hunt for some interesting or weird item. I have found some great pieces of art that I didn’t know I was looking for until I found them.