ABC has announced that actress/choreographer Rosie Perez and political analyst Nicolle Wallace have been named as new co-hosts for The View. The two join Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell on the panel for the morning chat show, which recently said goodbye to co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy.
“These are powerful and accomplished women from different walks of life who have had amazing personal and professional experiences. Each brings incredible perspective and information to the table,” said Bill Wolff, executive producer. “This mix of smart, vibrant and energetic women is unlike anything else on daytime television.”
Perez becomes the second Oscar nominee on the panel following Goldberg. The Artistic Chair of Urban Arts Partnership and a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, she recently signed on to Larry David’s debut Broadway play Fish in the Dark, which The View will work around in order to keep her on the panel. She’s best known for her roles in White Men Can’t Jump and Do The Right Thing.
Best-selling author Wallace most recently served as a political commentator for MSNBC. She has experience in the political field, as well, as she served as communications chief for George W. Bush’s White House and re-election campaign and senior advisor for the McCain-Palin campaign in 2008.
Though Wallace was thought to be one of the frontrunners for the position, if for no other reason than her conservative political beliefs and experience with this type of format, Perez was a bit of a surprise, with her last guest hosting appearance coming in February. Other possible candidates for the vacancies on the panel included October Gonzalez, Sunny Hostin, and Sage Steele.
The 18th season of The View is set to premiere Monday, September 15th at 11:00 a.m. You can check out a recent appearance from Wallace below, as well as a look at Perez’s most recent appearance on the daytime talk show.
Will you be watching the next season of The View? Do you think the show made a wise decision in hiring Perez and Wallace? If not, who would you have rather seen get the nod?