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Can Joy Behar return to The View and save the struggling franchise?

We may never know. The former host of the ABC talk show told WBAZ’s Walker Vreeland that she was approached about returning (likely as a contributor), but it wasn’t a job she wanted.

“They’ve come to me and we couldn’t make a deal,” Behar said. “We’ll see how it goes.”

Behar, 72, went on to say the negotiations didn’t end well. “If they were giving me a bigger role on the show, and giving me some power to actually make some changes and let them benefit from my expertise after being there for 16 years … but they’re not going to do that, so why would I want to bang my head against the wall?”

When asked why she left the show in the first place, Behar said, “I was ready to go. I had enough. I think that somebody … I can’t mention names … made the decision to change the show for some reason. So Elizabeth Hasselbeck and I both had to leave. There was a decision made at some level … l I really am not at liberty to say who or why because I don’t know 100 percent the truth of that.”

The View is in the midst of another major reboot since Rosie O’Donnell rejoined — and then left — the show in February. Since then, Rosie Perez announced that she would not return for a second season while Nicolle Wallace’s contract was not renewed for fall of 2015 (though she could return as a contributor). In the meantime, ABC News has added Raven-Symoné and comedian Michelle Collins to the chatfest.

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