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ABC's 'The View' Has Officially Named Raven-Symone as Its' Newest Co-host

by Cate Meighan   Jun 14, 2015 11:41 AM EDT

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It looks like ABC's The View is finally making some solid moves to try and save the show from cancellation. The current season has been nothing short of disastrous, with Rosie O'Donnell quitting just a few short months after breezing back in the door. The ratings have been pretty awful and so the powers-that-be have begun to take steps to actively improve things, beginning with the official hiring of Raven-Symone.

It was announced last week that after doing several guest spots on the daily chatfest, Symone is now an official cohost at the ABC roundtable discussion. According to a report by Time magazine, "The new co-host, 29, proudly shared with the audience: 'I remember coming to show with the Cheetah Girls when I was 15. I'm very happy to be sitting with these smart, talented mentors. Being a part of The View family will be a wonderful growing experience for me. The cast and crew are warm and welcoming and have made the transition into daytime talk easier. I have a lot to learn within this new arena, but being the apprentice of these spectacular women will only make me a better person and talk show host.'"

Barbra Walters may have left the show as a host last year but she remains on as an executive producer and she thinks that Symone is an excellent addition to the panel. Supposedly the former child star comes to work extremely prepared and, while she certainly knows her stuff, she is also a bit quirky and that's a quality that Walters was looking for. It's Symone's unconventional side that will likely lead to some pretty interesting discussions.

Do you think that ABC was wise to hire her? Will Symone make enough of an impact to help The View's ratings to rebound a little bit at least? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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