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Current TV's Next Great Left Hope is...Joy Behar?!

Joy Behar

NEW YORK (AP/The Blaze) — Joy Behar is joining Current TV as the host of a prime-time talk show.

Behar's nightly program on cable channel HLN ended in December. Current TV announced Monday that Behar's new talk show will begin in September and will air Monday through Thursday at 6 p.m. Eastern time.

Next week she will guest anchor former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's show while he is on vacation.

Behar remains on "The View," the daytime ABC show where she has been a fixture since its debut 15 years ago.

The left-leaning Current cable network is co-founded by Al Gore. It has introduced a slate of several talk shows both in prime time and the morning in the past year.

Behar previewed her upcoming show in an interview with the Huffington Post today:

She joins Current as it strives to present a more progressive alternative to MSNBC.Former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholmformer New York governor Eliot SpitzerCalifornia lieutenant governor Gavin Newsom and former MNSBC host Cenk Uygur were added to its lineup earlier this year.

Though the channel's programming focuses on political coverage, viewers should expect Behar's show to be more varied. “They’re known for that, but I'm known for Joy Behar — whatever she is,” she said. Asked how she would fit in at the network, Behar brushed the question aside. “I seem to be able to fit in pretty well," she said, referencing her fifteen-year run on "The View."

In an interview with The Huffington Post on Monday, Behar said that Current approached her about doing a show, and she was "thrilled" to accept. She praised the network, saying, “I think it’s a progressive station, I think it’s ahead of the curve, and it’s going to become more and more popular."

If these videos showing Behar's interactions with such conservative luminaries as Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter are any guide, Behar will bring precisely the level of sound analysis and political sophistication we've come to expect from Current TV:

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