By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Sep 4, 2014
Actress Rosie Perez and former White House communications director Nicolle Wallace have joined the cast of “The View” effective Sept. 15 when the new season begins.
Perez, 49, who has appeared in such films as “White Men Can’t Jump” and “Pineapple Express,” said in a prepared statement, “I am beyond thrilled, honored and completely surprised that I've been asked to join ‘The View’,” according to Entertainment Tonight. "Knowing that I'll be in the company of Whoopi [Goldberg], Rosie [O’Donnell] and Nicolle, three very smart and engaging women that I have an immense amount of respect for, makes it even more unbelievable. The opportunity to connect with our nation's audience on a daily basis … icing on the cake! Very happy."
Wallace, 42, worked in the White House under President George W. Bush. She has previously guest hosted on “The View,” making three appearances last year, ET reports. Perez also guest hosted the show in February.
"I am honored to join the tradition of compelling conversations that has been the signature of ‘The View’ for the better part of two decades," Wallace said in a statement. "I have watched ‘The View’ for many years and now to be seated alongside three women that I have admired is both humbling and incredibly exciting."
They replace Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, who recently departed the show, and join returning hosts Goldberg and O’Donnell.
Perez will have a busy fall. In addition to her new talk show gig, she has also landed a Broadway role. She will star opposite Larry David in his play “Fish In The Dark.”