'The View' Shakeup: Rosie Perez & Nicolle Wallace Joining Whoopi Goldberg & Rosie O'Donnell
ABC has hired actress Rosie Perez and MSNBC political commentator Nicolle Wallace to co-host The View alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell.
New 'The View' Hosts
Perez and Wallace will make their debuts as The View cohosts when the new season commences Sept. 15, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"I am beyond thrilled, honored and completely surprised that I've been asked to join The View," Perez said in a statement, reported People magazine. "Knowing that I'll be in the company of Whoopi, Rosie and Nicolle, three very smart and engaging women that I have an immense amount of respect for, makes it even more unbelievable. The opportunity to connect with our nation's audience on a daily basis … icing on the cake! Very happy."
Wallace has yet to release a statement but has acknowledged the good news on Twitter, thanking – among others – Joe Scarborough, Bianna Golodryga, Kasie Hunt and Thomas Roberts. She also promised Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski to get better shoes with her new gig.
Perez, a stage and screen actress, has starred in White Men Can’t Jump, Riding in Cars with Boys, Pineapple Express and The Counselor and will appear in Larry David’s Fish in the Dark on Broadway next year. Wallace, the former communications director for George W. Bush, was the senior advisor for the John McCain–Sarah Palin campaign in 2008, a job for which she was immortalized by Sarah Paulson in HBO’s Game Change.
The only The View co-host returning from last season will by Goldberg after Barbara Walters announced her retirement and Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy subsequently revealed they’d be departing the daytime talk show. Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar had previously departed the show after co-hosting for a number of years.
There is also a shakeup behind the camera at The View, with MSNBC executive Bill Wolff stepping in to replace Bill Wolff as showrunner.