We now officially know who will be joining Rosie O’Donnel and Whoopi Goldberg on The View this fall. Actress and activist Rosie Perez and political commentator Nicolle Wallace have joined the ABC talk show as its newest co-hosts, the network has officially announced.
Both Perez and Wallace have been on The View before as guest co-hosts (Perez back in February, while Wallace has appeared a total of three times in the past) and will now replace former co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, who both left The View last month. Alongside Perez and Wallace will be long-time co-host Whoopi Goldberg and returning co-host Rosie O’Donnell.
“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 The View executive producer Bill Wolff, who is replacing the exiting Bill Gedde.
While Perez gained notoriety for her choreography work during the late 80s, she is most well-known for her first major acting role in the 1988 Spike Lee film, Do the Right Thing. Since then, Perez’s film credits include White Men Can’t Jump, Pineapple Express, and The Counsleor, and she has also been an influential human rights activist, working for causes such as HIV/AIDS and Puerto Rican rights.
Meanwhile, Wallace is a former communications chief for George W. Bush and also served as a senior advisor for the McCain–Palin campaign back in 2008. She’s also a bestselling author and has written two books: Eighteen Acres and its sequel, It’s Classified. The third novel in the Eighteen Acres series is expected to come out in 2015.
The View begins its eighteenth season on Sept. 15.
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