According to ABC News on Wednesday, "The View" will have two new co-hosts when the new season starts on Sept. 15. Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace have been hired to join returning co-host Rosie O'Donnell and the show's sole-surviving moderator Whoopi Goldberg. The two women will be taking over the seats vacated by Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy in early August.
The network tested a shortlist of replacement candidates in August after confirming that Shepherd was leaving after seven years and McCarthy was leaving after just one year. The potential new co-hosts participated in chemistry tests in front of an audience of about 75 people. The candidates were paired up randomly to test the chemistry among the group. Wallace was among those women who were tested with the network, but Perez was not.
E! Online reported on Wednesday that Perez said she was completely surprised to have been asked to join the popular morning talk show. She is a 49-year-old author and actress who got her first big acting break in Spike Lee‘s “Do the Right Thing.” While she's a household name, her talk show experience is limited. She served as guest co-host on "The View" only once on Feb. 28.
Wallace, 42, a conservative author and political commentator, previously served as George W. Bush's communications director. She also served as a senior adviser to the McCain-Palin 2008 Presidential campaign and is the author of “Eighteen Acres."
Bill Wolff, executive producer of "The View" who replaced Bill Geddie says in a statement, “These are powerful and accomplished women from different walks of life who have had amazing personal and professional experiences. This mix of smart, vibrant and energetic women is unlike anything else on daytime television.”
It will be interesting to watch the dynamics of "The View" when the new season starts on ABC on Sept. 15. The panelists will bring their own style to the table, and it will probably take a little time for viewers to get used to them. Nevertheless, people might watch to see how the women will relate to one another.