Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace have officially been added to “The View.” The two co-hosts will join Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell on the upcoming 18th season of the popular daytime panel talk show, according to Variety on Wednesday. Perez and Wallace are replacing Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy who have both been controversially replaced on the ABC television program.
With this announcement, the suspense as to who will continue on the panel ends. Rosie Perez is an actress and Nicolle Wallace is a veteran Republican public relations professional, according to the report. Both of the new additions have been on the show before. Though they haven’t been regulars, they have had guest spots in the past.
Besides McCarthy and Shepherd stepping aside for the addition of Perez and Wallace, there was another major change on the show this past season. Barbara Walters who was with the show from its inception retired from the program last May. Therefore, the program should be quite different from what viewers of “The View” have been accustomed to in the past.
Bill Wolff, the producer of the show, says that these new additions to the show are powerful and accomplished women from different walks of life who have had amazing personal and professional experiences. He believes that each brings incredible perspective and information to the talk show’s table. It is reported that the show has been remodeled from top-to-bottom.
Liberal-leaning Whoopi Goldberg and conservative Wallace are expected to engage in some very interesting debate on the program. While Goldberg’s liberal beliefs are well known from her time on the show, it is noted that newcomer Wallace is quite conservative. She is a conservative author and political commentator, according to The Wrap. Wallace served in the past as President George W. Bush’s communications director during the Bush presidency as well as during his 2004 re-election campaign. She was also a senior adviser to the John McCain and Sarah Palin 2008 presidential campaign.