Raven-Symoné Named Co-Host Of 'The View'

06/10/2015 11:43 am ET | Updated Jun 11, 2015

Raven-Symoné has officially been named a co-host of "The View," ABC announced Wednesday.

The news was revealed live on the talk show. The actress and former Disney Channel star joins co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez, "effective immediately," according to a press release from the network.

“Raven is smart, funny and genuine. We’ve loved getting to know her, and we’re all thrilled she’ll be part of ‘The View’ every day,” Executive Producer Bill Wolff said. “She brings a fresh perspective on the hot topics of the day, and she’s a lively, welcome addition to our conversations and interviews.”

“Raven-Symoné is a welcome addition to ‘The View,’” the show's creator, executive producer and former host Barbara Walters said. “She is happy, amusing and well-informed, and has already brought a unique perspective to the program that has resonated with our audience.”

The move comes after a series of shakeups at the daytime program. In February, Rosie O'Donnell left the show -- for the second time -- to reportedly focus on her family. Last May, journalism icon Walters retired.

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