Yep, it's official: Raven is the new cohost, Whoopi Goldberg announced on Wednesday's show. Raven, who has been guest cohosting alongside Whoopi, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez since March 2015, will now be a permanent fixture on the ABC daytime talk show.
"We are happy to announce Raven-Symoné is now permantely part of The View," Whoopi said before getting cut off by screams from the crowd. A confetti cannon blasted the audience and Raven walked out to the song "Celebrate" and hugged the other hosts.
"I am so happy. I remember coming on The View when I was 15 years old for the first Cheetah Girls," Raven said. "I'm very happy to be sitting with these smart, talented mentors."
And she came with gifts! For Nicolle she brought chocolate, Whoopi got watermelon and potato chips, Rosie got tres leches cake and guest cohost Iliza Shlesinger got bacon. "I don't work here and I get a gift," Iliza said.
"You guys, let's have some fun," Raven said before the hosts launched into the Hot Topics segment.