Yesterday, July 7th, Bill Wolff, the executive producer of the 18-year-old talk show, “The View,” released a statement about co-host Rosie Perez‘s departure from the show at the end of this season on Aug. 6th. She is the eleventh panelist to leave the show or not have a contract renewed.
According to Wolff, Perez left on her own terms to continue to pursue “her love of acting,” after her one year contract was up. The busy Brooklyn-born Oscar nominated actress is currently on a popular run of Larry David‘s Broadway show, “Fish in the Dark,” which has been extended.
She is leaving shortly after the arrival of actress, Raven-Symone and the departure of the View director, Ashley Gorman. Gorman left the show to work with former supermodel and host, Tyra Banks. Banks is producing another daytime talk show of her own with a panel for the same network, ABC, which will be arriving in September.
This shakeup also comes two months after rival talk show, “The Talk,” beat out “The View” in viewers and the coveted 18-49 demographic.
During her start on “The View”, staffers have said that she was “emotional behind the scenes” when the other Rosie, Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg fought backstage. Critics of the show have found Perez to be too flustered during heated debates. After O’Donnell left many believed that Perez was coming into her own on the show.
Insiders believe that much needed fellow co-host and political commentator, Nicole Wallace, may be leaving the show as well. As the only conservative and non-actress in the current group of panelists, Wallace has brought a different persepective and the political weight the show is going to require as the election cycle continues to rev up. The political debates bring in the highest ratings for “The View.” As this year in politics continues to heat up, Wallace has been featured more often on the “Morning Joe,” and she is also a commentator on MSNBC.
Along with the Broadway hit, “Fish in the Dark,” Perez has two films in post production (Five Nights in Maine, The Being Experience) and one that was featured in the Los Angeles Film Festival (Puerto Ricans in Paris) in June, which may have a wider release date.
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