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Comedian and television host Joy Behar covers the October 3-10 issue of Hamptons magazine in celebration of the one-year anniversary of The Joy Behar Show on HLN – CNN.

Controversial and unapologetic, Behar is best known as the co-host who continually stirs the pot on the hit ABC morning show The View. She resides in Manhattan and was raised a “good Catholic girl” but now considers herself Agnostic. The religious wrangling never fails to get under the skin of co-hosts Elisabeth Hasselback and Sherri Shepherd.

She once called Sarah Palinso dumb…“, and referred to Donald Rumsfeld as “Hitler-like”. Her reference to Tiger Woods mistress Rachel Uchitel as a prostitute enraged legal eagle Gloria Allred.

The threat of a lawsuit against The View got the attention of executive producer and show creator Bill Geddie. The normally unrepentant Behar, adopting a uncharacteristic hangdog expression, made a forced public apology.

Love her or despise her, she does manage to fire up the ladies of The View, who won the Daytime Emmy Award in 2009 for Outstanding Talk Show Hosts.

Behar appeared last night at a magazine launch party at the Paramount Hotel in NYC and can be seen in the photo below with publisher Jason Binn:

Photo: Ivan Nikolov – WENN