The Joy Behar Show Launches With Cocktail Reception At Plaza

by Chiara Atik · September 24, 2009

[All photos by SCOTT MORGAN for PMc]. Last night, Barbara Walters hosted a "big f***ing party!" for Joy Behar (Joy's words, not mine) at The Oak Room in The Plaza, in honor of HLN's new "The Joy Behar Show". Champagne poured freely, but I was much too busy gaping at the crowd to drink, because basically everyone you've ever seen on a news or talk show was there. Like, icons. Larry King, Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Rivers, and Anderson Cooper in all his suave, silver-haired glory. And Alan Alda was there! I had to bite my lip to keep from humming the Mash theme-song in his ear.

The event was so packed that Anderson Cooper had to brush by me on his way to talk to someone else (alright, so I stayed firmly rooted in place instead of allowing him to pass so as to force him to brush against me...), and Barbara was overheard exclaiming "Who ARE these people? I don't know who anyone is!". She and Joy seemed genuinely thrilled at the turnout, and graciously thanked everyone for coming.

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Joy Behar                                         Barbara Walters

Anderson Cooper                           Joan Rivers

Joy Behar, AJ Hammer                    Larry King

Michael Musto                                Alan Alda

Suze Orman                                       Vera Wang

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Hoda Kotb                                       Nancy Grace

Louie Fernando, Chuck Nice

Maybe I should have approached Anderson like this?

Marc Chamlin, Bill Stankey, Tyler Delaney

Lorraine Brocco, Stephanie March Bernedette Piccolomini, Donald Berman