Raven Symone joins The View
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Raven-Symoné joins “The View.”

It’s official! After 37 appearances on the show…Raven-Symoné is now a permanent co-host on “The View!”

Whoopi Goldberg announced the exciting news on Wednesday saying, “We are making a huge announcement today. We’re kicking something special off. We are happy to announce that Raven-Symoné is now permanently a part of ‘The View!'”

The crowd erupted, a confetti cannon blasted the audience, and Raven strutted out to Kool & The Gang’s “Celebration.”

Raven-Symoné shared her excitement saying, “I am so happy. I remember coming on The View when I was 15 years old for the first ‘Cheetah Girls.’ I’m very happy to be sitting with these smart, talented mentors.”

As token of her appreciation, Raven came bearing gifts for her co-hosts. She gave Nicolle Wallace chocolate, Rosie Perez received tres leches cake, guest cohost Iliza Shlesinger got bacon, and Raven-Symoné gave Whoopi Goldberg potato chips and watermelon.

Barbara Walters released a statement welcoming the 29-year-old actress and singer.

Raven-Symoné is a welcome addition to ‘The View.’ She is happy, amusing and well informed, and has already brought a unique perspective to the program that has resonated with our audience.

See video of the big announcement on page 2.