After saying goodbye to Rosie Perez, the ABC daytime talk staple “The View” has its replacement picked out. According to media reports, comedian Michelle Collins, who has appeared on Bravo and VH1, is poised to slip into the spot.
The announcement hasn’t exactly gone smoothly. Deadline.com reports that ABC News was set to make the announcement today about Collins getting the gig, but changed its mind at the last minute. That gave Perez the spotlight for her farewell on this morning’s show.
Some media outlets had already reported Collins’ appointment. Variety reports that the hiring of Collins will now be officially announced at a future date.
“The ultimate direction of ‘The View’ has been unclear since ABC shifted supervision of the program to its ABC News division last fall,” Variety notes. “The veteran program has suffered from lackluster ratings in recent years, and has churned through hosts, including Sherri Shepard and Jenny McCarthy.”
Raven-Symone, who was a child star on “The Cosby Show” before starring on “That’s So Raven,” joined the program in June, while moderator Whoopi Goldberg has been the most stable member of the lineup. Both Rosie O’Donnell and Nicolle Wallace recently left.
E! Online notes that Collins has been a guest co-host on the show for a few weeks. “Collins’ other credits include ‘Walk of Shame Shuttle,’ ‘Kathy,’ running VH1’s Best Week Ever blog, LOGO’s ‘The Gossip Queens’ and her own web talk show ‘Martini Minute,'” E! notes.