Steve Janowitz

By Prithvi Singh | Updated on July 8, 2022
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    Steve Janowitz is a retired high school teacher who came into the limelight after dating Joy Behar, an actress, writer, and comedian. Joy has achieved a lot in her career and done shows like “The View” which was one of many shows that brought her fame.

    Steve and Joy Behar dated for 30 years before exchanging vows. So what was the reason behind them taking so long before tying the knot? How did the two love birds fall in love in the first place? There are a lot of untold facts to sign light into.

    So, fasten your seatbelts as we go on a journey to uncover the hidden information about Steve Janowitz like childhood details, career, partner, net worth, and more.

    Steve’s Childhood and Education Details 

    He was raised in New York City. Steve’s mother was a typical house lady while his dad was a storekeeper.  His grandpa reportedly immigrated to the United States from Italy after World War I. He belongs to a Jewish ethnicity and is an American citizen by nationality.

    Speaking of his educational background, he completed his bachelor’s degree somewhere in the 1960s after attending a high school in New York City.

    Steve Janowitz’s wife: Joy Behar, Who is she?

    Josephine Victoria Occhiuto best known to the public as Joy Behar is an American actress, writer, comedian, and television host. She was born in 1942, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City, U.S. Joy completed her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Queens College and her Master of Arts (MA) degree from Stony Brook University.

    Steve Janowitz's wife Joy Baher
    Joy Baher giving a speech

    Additionally, she began working in the entertainment industry in 1984 as a receptionist before rising to the position of producer on Good Morning America.

    Joy Baher Worked as a Comedian and Hosted many Shows

    She also performed stand-up comedy, making appearances on ABC’s The New Show and Good Morning America. In 1987, she also hosted several Way Off-Broadway conversation series on Lifetime. She also hosted the Live from Queens regular episode of the NBC Baby Boom program. She has made cameo appearances in movies like Cookie, This Is My Life, and Manhattan Murder Mystery. Joy also hosted a talk show and had appearances on the HBO comedy specials One Night Stand and Women of the Night 2.

    In 1997, Behar co-hosted the show The View with co-creator Barbara Walters. She became a permanent co-host alongside Barbara and hosted a segment called “Joy’s Comedy Corner”. Similarly, in August 2009, Behar along with other co-hosts Barbara Walters, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Whoopi Goldberg, and Sherri Shepherd won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host along with over a decade of nominations for the show.

    However, on March 7, 2013, it was announced that Behar would be leaving the show at the end of its season. She said:

     “It seemed like the right time…You reach a point when you say to yourself, ‘Do I want to keep doing this?’ There are other things on my plate I want to do — I’ve been writing a play, I’ve been neglecting my standup”.

    She made guest appearances as co-host from 2014 to 2015, when suddenly, on August 25, 2015, ABC announced that Behar would be returning as a permanent co-host. She quoted:

    “Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in.”

    Behar announced that she would be anchoring “The Joy Behar Show” on June 11th, 2009. She concurrently worked on her new show and The View. But the program was only on for two years. On September 4, 2012, she debuted “Joy Behar: Say Anything!” as the title of her talk program on the Current TV network. Similar to this, she launched a late-night program called “Late Night Joy” that debuted on TLC on November 4, 2015. It was five episodes long before being canceled, therefore it was brief.

    How did Steve and Behar meet? Their Relationship

    Steve and Joy met in the year 1982, long before Behar became popular for hosting the tv show “The View”.They met at a singles resort in Woodstock. He was a tall, and slim man, just the type for her. The two began to see each other often., but Behar was afraid to tell him about her profession as a comedian. She said:

    “I didn’t want to scare him. Men are not turned on to women who are funny, powerful-who can take the shots and who are not afraid to deal with a whole audience. He was funny. I was laughing at his jokes.”

      The couple dated for nearly 30 years before exchanging vows in August 2011, in New York City, alongside closest friends and family members. 

    So, why did the pair wait so long to get married—30 years? According to Steve’s wife Joy, they waited for same-sex marriage to become legal and for Steve’s parents to die because she didn’t want them to interfere with their marriage.

    Furthermore, talking about their relationship, despite the couple’s age differences of around 7 years; the two love birds are enjoying a very happy and blissful married life.

    Do they have any children together?

    There are no children shared by Steve Janowitz and Joy Behar. But from 1965 to 1981, Joy was married to professor Joseph Behar, during which time they had a daughter named Eve. Joy Baher won the custody of her child and in 2011 she became the grandma of Luca, Eve’s son.

    Steve Janowitz Career as a Teacher

    As the husband of one of the prominent faces on the TV, there is bound to be curiosity about Steve’s career. While talking about his career, after receiving his undergraduate degree, Steve began working as a high school teacher. He taught eighth-graders at J.H.S. 118 in the Tremont neighborhood of the Bronx. Until his retirement, he worked in the same career for more than 45 years.

    Nowadays, he is enjoying his retired life living with his wife in New York. Although he himself has called it quits with his professional life, his wife, Joy is pretty much active. She still works as one of the co-hosts of The View, becoming the only original panelist to regularly appear on the show since its inception.

    Steve Appearance and Hobbies 

    He is in his late 70s. Steve is a 5ft 10ins tall man with short gray hair and brown eyes and weighs around 68 kgs.

    Joy Baher's Hubby Steve Janowitz
    Joy Behar’s husband Steve.

    Talking about his hobbies, he loves reading and had an interest in games like chess. He has also volunteered at several events and with non-governmental organizations.  

    Steve Janowitz Social Media Handles

    He does not have any social media accounts. He is quite secretive about his personal life whereas his wife Joy Behar is active on Instagram (@joyvbehar) and Twitter (@JoyBehar) where she posts photos and videos from her shows.

    Steve Janowitz’s Net Worth

    His estimated net worth is around $400,000 which he earned from his time as a teacher in high school. Whereas, his wife is estimated to have a net worth of  $12 million.

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