“The View” makeover is complete, as actress Rosie Perez and Republican PR vet Nicolle Wallace are said to be close to deals to join the ABC daytime talkshow alongside Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg later this month.
Perez (pictured left) and Wallace (pictured right) have done guest stints on the show as “View” underwent a top-to-bottom remodel that included everything from a revamped social media presence to key hires like “Rachel Maddow’s” exec producer Bill Wolff, after the departure of co-hosts Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters’ retirement in May.
The “View” panel will launch the show’s 18th season from a new set on Sept. 15.
“These are powerful and accomplished women from different walks of life who have had amazing personal and professional experiences. Each brings incredible perspective and information to the table,” said Wolff.
The “View” producers spearheading the makeover were known to have sought a prominent Latino presence as well as a conservative perspective, in order to ensure a lively debate on topical issues. There was much talk that the show would appoint a permanent male panelist for the first time in its history.
Perez is a stage and screen vet who recently penned the memoir “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life.” Wallace was a former spokeswoman for President George W. Bush and she worked on John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. More recently she has been a political analyst for MSNBC and penned the political novels “Eighteen Acres” and “It’s Classified.”