The rumors were true. ABC made it official Tuesday by naming Raven-Symone as a member of the co-hosting panel on “The View.” The actress, who has made 37 guest appearances on the show, will join moderator Whoopi Goldbergand co-hosts Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez, effective immediately.
In her own words, the former star of Disney Channel’s “That’s So Raven”said, “The Disney Co. 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 [have]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 Co. for believing in me and my potential! Let’s have some fun!”
Both executive producer Bill Wolff and show creator Barbara Walters expressed enthusiasm for Raven-Symone’s addition to the show, which has had something of a revolving door of panelists in recent years. “She ishappy, amusing and well-informed, and has already brought a unique perspective to the program that has resonated with our audience,” said Walters.
Raven-Symoné’s role in the Emmy-nominated “That’s So Raven” garnered her three NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children’s Series/Special, two Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards for Favorite Television Actress and a Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Performer. She was named producer for the series’ fourth season, which aired in 2007.
Other recent credits include roles on ABC’s hit comedy “black-ish,” as well as featured roles on “Empire” and the upcoming animated feature film “Animal Crackers” alongside Ian McKellen, John Krasinski, Sylvester Stallone and Danny DeVito. Her film credits include “A Girl Like Grace,” “College Road Trip,” “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement,” “Dr. Dolittle” and “Dr. Dolittle 2.”
On television she starred in ABC Family’s “State of Georgia,” the critically acclaimed series “The Cosby Show” (for which she received the Young Artist Award for Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress Under Nine) and ABC’s “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” for four seasons. In 2012, Raven headlined the hit Broadway musical “Sister Act,” produced by Whoopi Goldberg.