Raven-Symone Named Permanent Co-Host Of “The View”


The View is SO Raven: The long-running talk show has announced that out actress Raven-Symoné is joining Whoopi Goldberg, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez as a permanent co-host.

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“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,” Raven-Symone, 29, said in a statement. “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.”

Raven-Symoné guest-hosted frequently in the past few months, and made appearances on Empire and Black-ish.

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Her arrival comes just a few months after lesbian comic Rosie O’Donnell departed the show, citing personal reasons.


Barbara Walters, grande dame of the The View, called Raven-Symoné a “welcome addition” to the show.

“She is happy, amusing and well informed, and has already brought a unique perspective to the program that has resonated with our audience.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.