Raven Symoné Officially Joins ‘The View’

Jun 11, 2015 at 12:08 pm |

Raven Symoné welcomed as the newest cast member of ‘The View.’

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The trial period is finally over – The View and Raven Symoné are moving in together and making things official.

Symoné will join co-hosts Whoopi Golberg, Nicolle Wallace, and Rosie Perez as a permanent fixture on the ABC daytime talk show after Raven’s guested on the show since March, tallying up almost three dozen appearances already.

Whoopi made the announcement to a room full of hoot and hollering along with confetti canons. “We are happy to announce Raven-Symoné is now permantely part of The View.”

“I am so happy,” said Raven after her big entrance. “I remember coming on The View when I was 15 years old for the first Cheetah Girls,” Raven said. “I’m very happy to be sitting with these smart, talented mentors.”

She also brought gifts for her new co-stars: watermelon and potato chips for Whoopi, tres leches for Rosie and crispy bacon for guest co-host Iliza Shlesinger. And who doesn’t like snacks?

The choice to bring Raven onboard officially is the next big move in a tumultuous sequence of events as the show struggles to return to its former glory. After the show’s biggest draw and paragon Barbara Walters retired in May 2014, the series has seen some major ups and downs, trying out celebs like Jenny McCarthy and Sherrie Shepard—who both didn’t make the cut—and finally the sure-fired, incendiary Rosie O’Donnell last fall, who left quickly due to “health” problems amidst rumors of behind-the-scenes drama.

Raven brings two important ingredients necessary to keep the show’s ratings up: the millennial perspective and the drama.

Now the youngest member of the cast, the 29-year-old has been creating buzz all year ever since she told Oprah in an interview that she didn’t want to be labeled as “gay” or “African American.” She also confirmed that she’s been in a relationship with actress and fashion model AzMarie Livingston. “I don’t want to be labeled ‘gay.’ I want to be labeled ‘a human who loves humans,’” said Symoné. “I’m tired of being labeled — I’m an American. I’m not an African American. I’m an American.”

The ex-child star sparks headlines, and the producers plan to using that to their advantage. Could Raven be the next Rosie of daytime television?

What do you think of the show’s latest edition? Is it a match made in heaven or is the show just bailing water out of a sinking ship?


It’s OFFICIAL. What do you think of the new addition?