Rosie Perez: I’m Leaving The View
Rosie Perez is officially leaving “The View.” The news comes just a few days after Gossip Cop was told the actress’ future on the ABC talk show was up in the air.
In a statement, a rep for Perez says, “Rosie wants to thank ABC for their graciousness and their flexibility with her schedule during the Broadway run.” As Gossip Cop reported, Perez was absent from multiple tapings this year as she starred in the play Fish in the Dark. It was previously said that ABC planned to let her go while she was off doing the show, but she returned, and now she’ll finish out the season.
An ABC spokesperson has confirmed Perez’s exit, and Gossip Cop hears “View” executive producer Bill Wolff sent a note to staffers earlier Tuesday, saying:
“Our friend Rosie Perez has decided to leave the show at the conclusion of this season to pursue full time her love for acting. Stepping into the role of talk show host at the same time she has been starring on Broadway has been incredibly impressive. And beyond being an enormously talented performer, Rosie is a dedicated advocate who has brought passion and insight to the panel every day. Rosie will always be a part of ‘The View’ family, and we will welcome her back as a guest anytime to catch up. We’ll plan a proper send off for her in a few weeks, but in the meantime, please join me in thanking her for her great work on the show.”
Perez’s last day will be August 6, the day of the last episode of season 18. That may very well be the last day and episode for Nicolle Wallace, too. As Gossip Cop noted last week, her involvement beyond this season has not yet been determined. Like Perez, Wallace only joined the morning chatfest last fall.
Gossip Cop was recently told that discussions with “The View” panel had only “just begun,” with it being noted, “Rosie’s had an amazing year, becoming a co-host and the success of Fish in the Dark. Part of that conversation will be what does she want to do in the future?” Now it seems she’s opted to put the focus back exclusively on acting.
Whoopi Goldberg is expected to remain on board as the The View panel moderator, alongside newest judge Raven-Symone, who became a permanent co-host last month. Gossip Cop also recently learned that names like Michelle Collins, who has frequently appeared as a guest host, are in the mix as other possible official additions. TELL US: What do you think of Perez leaving “The View” after one season?