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July 13, 2015 at 03:31 PM EDT

Sources confirmed to EW July 8 that comedian Michelle Collins would be the latest to join The View, but now it’s official: The show announced Monday that Collins will indeed be joining the roundtable on a permanent basis starting next season. The news comes on the heels of current host Rosie Perez announcing her departure last week.

“We’ve had so much fun hanging out with this young lady that we’ve aked her to become our 15th co-host,” Whoopi Goldberg said when she introduced Collins on Monday’s show. The feeling is mutual: “I am so excited and I feel so lucky that I get to come here and spend this time with you,” Collins said to her new co-hosts.

(She was so excited that she was “shaking” and so nervous that she “double-Spanxed it” for the day.)

Collins has previously guest-hosted on The View and appeared on multiple other talk shows including Chelsea Lately, The Joy Behar Show, and Best Week Ever. She’ll be a permanent fixture once the new season starts in September after Perez leaves, but will appear throughout the summer as well.

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