Raven-Symone officially replaces Rosie O’Donnell on The View
The former The Cosby Show actress has been filling in as a regular guest co-host on the female-focused weekday program since comedienne O’Donnell’s abrupt departure in February, and rumors suggested producers were keen to keep her on to appeal to younger viewers.
On Wednesday, the news was made official as moderator Whoopi Goldberg and her co-hosts Rosie Perez and Nicole Wallace formally welcomed Symone into The View family.At the top of the episode, Goldberg declared, “We are happy to announce Raven-Symone is now permanently part of The View.”
Responding to the announcement, Symone said, “I am so happy. I remember coming on The View when I was 15 years old for the first Cheetah Girls film… I’m very happy to be sitting with these smart, talented mentors.”
In a statement, she added, “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. I want to thank ABC, ABC News and The Disney Company for believing in me and my potential! Let’s have some fun!”