More changes are in the works at ABC’s The View: Rosie Perez is leaving the show.
Executive Producer Bill Wolff informed the staff today about Perez, the White Men Can’t Jump actress who joined the ABC talker last September.
“Our friend Rosie Perez has decided to leave the show at the conclusion of this season to pursue full time her love for acting,” Wolff’s email said. “Stepping into the role of talk show host at the same time she has been starring on Broadway has been incredibly impressive. And beyond being an enormously talented performer, Rosie is a dedicated advocate who has brought passion and insight to the panel every day. Rosie will always be a part of The View family, and we will welcome her back as a guest anytime to catch up. We’ll plan a proper send off for her in a few weeks, but in the meantime, please join me in thanking her for her great work on the show.”
Back in the winter, Perez sparked rumors that she was getting the boot after she took a hiatus to appear in a Broadway play. When The View didn’t give a return date, speculation swirled that the post-Barbara Walters panel wasn’t cutting the mustard and Perez was on her way out.
Turns out she wasn’t the Rosie that was preparing to leave; in February, Rosie O’Donnell announced that she was exiting the panel that she had just rejoined six months earlier. O’Donnell used to co-host the show but left in 2007 after a heated argument with former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
More upheaval could be in the works. Press reports suggest that The View may be looking to lighten up the daily gabfest by hiring comedian Michelle Collins, who like the recently-hired Raven-Symoné, has been filling in on the show. Variety also reported that the show could maintain a bench of rotating co-hosts to appear alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Symoné, like model Molly Sims and stylist Stacy London.
It’s unclear what will happen with panelist Nicolle Wallace, who like Perez and O’Donnell, joined the show last September.