Raven-Symone Joins The View As Permanent Co-Host (VIDEO)
Raven-Symone is the newest permanent co-host of “The View,” it was announced on Wednesday’s show. Watch below!
Whoopi Goldberg said at the start of the episode, “We’re kicking something special off. We’re happy to announce Raven-Symone is now permanently part of ‘The View!'” The former child star then walked out to a confetti explosion as the audience gave her a standing ovation. After a group hug with Goldberg, Rosie Perez, and Nicolle Wallace, Raven-Symone exclaimed, “I am so happy!”
Raven-Symone recalled her very first appearance on “The View,” back when she was promoting for the Cheetah Girls, and said she’s now, “I’m very happy to be sitting with these smart, talented mentors, and I brought you gifts!” The actress, best known for “The Cosby Show” and “That’s So Raven,” went on to give each of her colleagues yummy treats. “You guys, let’s have some fun!” she told them.
The announcement was all but a given after Raven-Symone spent much of the last few months sitting in as a guest co-host, leading multiple outlets to report that she would become a permanent addition. In a statement she says, “The Disney Company has made another one of my dreams come true! Being a part of ‘The View’ family will be a wonderful growing experience for me. The cast and crew are warm and welcoming and has made the transition into daytime talk easier.”
“I have a lot to learn within this new arena, but being the apprentice of these spectacular women will only make me a better person and talk show host,” she continues. “I want to thank ABC, ABC News and The Disney Company for believing in me and my potential!”
“The View” creator and executive producer Barbara Walters says, “Raven-Symoné is a welcome addition to ‘The View.’ She is happy, amusing and well informed, and has already brought a unique perspective to the program that has resonated with our audience.”
The panel shakeup comes after Rosie O’Donnell quit the series earlier this year to focus on her health and family. An additional new cast member is still expected to be announced at a later date. Check out the video of the big Raven-Symone announcement below!