After 37 guest appearances, Raven-Symone is now officially a co-host of “The View.” Even though there had been speculations, the official announcement came from ABC on Wednesday. Raven joins moderator Whoopi Goldberg and co-hosts Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez, according to ABC on Wednesday.
The former “That’s So Raven” and “Cheetah Girl” star gets the seat that many others wanted. So, people are asking why Raven-Symone landed the assignment over others. Many reasons have been given to account for Raven-Symone getting the coveted job.
Forbes reported that Raven is a 29-year-old woman and the youngest co-host “The View” has ever had, and the daytime talk show has had its share of co-hosts. Raven can come on the air with a half-shaved head and pink braided hair, and viewers think it’s cool. In fact, viewers are known to tune in just to see what offbeat style Raven will have on any given day. Viewers look forward to seeing Raven’s bold hairstyles and her fashion selections that are often a hot topic of discussion.
Raven is daring and is not afraid to show off her athletic ability for fun or ratings. Remember when she did a split with Anthony Anderson? Can you see the other co-hosts doing that? Raven brings fun and flexibility to “The View.”
Raven adds a youthful edge to the group’s discussion. People love Raven’s interview style as was displayed when she interviewed Toya Graham, the Baltimore mother seen disciplining her son during the Baltimore riots in April. It was serious but comical at the same time.
Raven-Symone is known for taking controversial paths that others wouldn’t dare to do travel. For instance, she didn’t hesitate to share her personal opinion about not having a black woman on the new $20 bill. She received backlash from the African-American community and women’s groups.
The new co-host expresses her feelings when it comes to race and sexuality. She doesn’t back down no matter who she is talking to. For example, she stood strong against the advice of Oprah Winfrey. Whether you agree with her or not, Raven stands firmly on what she believes.
Creator and executive producer Barbara Walters had something encouraging to say about the new co-host.
“Raven-Symoné is a welcome addition to ‘The View.’ She is happy, amusing and well informed, and has already brought a unique perspective to the program that has resonated with our audience.”
Monica Lewinsky was rumored to become co-host of “The View” because of her relationship with Walters, but it was believed that ABC went more for pop-culture and less for politics. That would have been very good news for Lewinsky who hadn’t had a decent job because of the scandal with former President Bill Clinton when she was a White House intern.