With much speculation surrounding who would be joining its new cast, ABC’s The View has finally announced that Rosie Perez will be joining the show in its upcoming season which will begin on September 15. Perez, who is an actress, along with fellow new comer, political commentator, Nicolle Wallace whose casting was announced last month, will be replacing Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy who recently stepped down from their roles on the show. Those close to the show say that this season will be “unlike any other in recent history,” and the addition of Perez and Wallace will certainly add a new dynamic to the show.
Bill Wolff, executive producer of The View, is very excited about the show’s new cast members and released a statement saying: 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…This mix of smart, vibrant and energetic women is unlike anything else on daytime television.” While the former fly girl has been to the set of the view as a guest host on the show in February, this season will mark Perez’ first role as a permanent cast member and her appointment comes as somewhat of a surprise because Perez name has not been frequently mentioned among the pool of potential successors.
Perez rose to fame during the late 80s when she began choreographing for some of the music industry’s biggest artists including Janet Jackson and Diana Ross; her first major acting role in Spike Lee’s 1988 film, Do the Right Thing. Since then, she has also worked as an activist for human rights causes including HIV/AIDS and Puerto Rican rights; in January of 2000 she was arrested for disorderly conduct following a rally in which protestors fought against U.S. Navy weapon training on an island off the coast of Puerto Rico.
Known for her unique voice and strong opinions and an array of talents, Perez’ edition to the show will add a fresh perspective and continue to make for lively discussions on The View.
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