Comedienne Michelle Collins to Join ABC’s ‘The View’ as Co-Host

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Michelle Collins, a comedienne who has appeared on Bravo and VH1, will join ABC’s “The View” as a co-host, according to a person familiar with the program, marking the latest talent change at the mature morning-TV staple.

Collins’ hiring is set to be announced on the show at a future date, this person said. Actress Rosie Perez, who joined the program as a co-host in September of last year, bid audiences farewell during Wednesday’s broadcast of the show.

The arrival of Collins will mark the newest shift in what has become a revolving-door panel at the program, which launched in 1997 under the aegis of Barbara Walters. While host Whoopi Goldberg has been a steadfast member of the program, a gambit to add Rosie O’Donnell to the mix for a second time proved to be a misfire and Perez and co-host Nicole Wallace have come under scrutiny as well.

Raven-Symoné, the actress best known for her stints on “The Cosby Show” and “That’s So Raven,” was named a co-host of the program last month.

The ultimate direction of “The View” has been unclear since ABC shifted supervision of the program to its ABC News division last fall. The veteran program has suffered from lackluster ratings in recent years, and has churned through hosts, including Sherri Shepard and Jenny McCarthy.

Goldberg, who first joined the program in 2007, has been anchor as veterans like Walters and Joy Behar have decamped for retirement and other projects.


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  1. B. Pettit says:


  2. Anna F. says:

    You’d think someone – hello Producers? – would understand replacing co-hosts willy nilly is more of a death knell than letting the panel gain some history together.
    I personally liked The View dynamics with Whoopi, Nicolle, Rosie Perez – and Raven has potential….(some days I think so, anyway)…
    Adding Michelle Collins?
    Hard to imagine getting A listings/sitting presidents will be any easier taking the show in this direction – too much like going back to Sherri/Jenny style of fluff.

  3. Terry says:

    I love Michelle Collins. Good for her.

  4. Nathan says:

    Good for Michelle Collins. Glad she was chosen.

  5. kgoke says:

    She adds absolutely nothing to show…except being loud…nothing..nothing

  6. A. Fogarty says:

    So sad that these new producers can’t get it together and find good matches for Whoopi and Raven who are so relatable. Who is Michelle Collins? Perez overdid her goodbye yesterday with tears of being fired. Come on — this show will be over in a heartbeat if someone doesn’t take hold of these reins and do something fast!

  7. Gail Dodd says:

    I am so sorry to see Rosie Perez leave. She is so smart and well informed of the many issues that everyday people and people of color live with on a daily basis. She is a breath of fresh air, dynamic and interesting. Rosie and Whoopi are the only reason I watch, I can’t believe ABC is replacing her with Michelle Collins. Michelle Collins is so ignorant of so many issues affecting people. Talk about vacant, please beam her up. Now The View will have 3 women on the show that are as dumb as a box of rocks. Please make it stop. They give women a really bad name. Michelle Wallace needs to go, She is so ignorant of other cultures and the plight of the poor. You would think she was an alien. She is annoying in so many ways. Even if it doesn’t make sense she repeats the republican talking points until I want to scream.. I thought she was an idiot during her MCCain tenure but now I am sure. Your guet hosts have been awful. I wonder if the end of The View is near. Candace B. is so right wing and hyper religious.. She is blinded by the light. Group think, maybe? Sorry Whoopi but this is what I have observed.

  8. Vlah says:

    That show is just so bad now. None of those women do anything for me. Just cancel it already. Sheesh

    • sandra says:

      michelle collins how could you keep her she is not for the view. rosie p you were ok ,i am glad to see you go too.ravens ok but whoopie is the main one. she is why i watch the view. love the view all these years go whoopie you make the view. love you.

    • Marly says:

      Why are you watching and commenting?? It’s so bad, but you watch.

  9. Olivia Kandle says:

    Will someone please tell Michelle Collins that Hillary Clinton is NOT a Rhodes Scholar! I don’t know where she gets her intel from, maybe the bathroom wall at the comedy club.

  10. Lana Bizero says:

    The View is officially over! Collins may be a lovely person but In no way is she going to make a good co-host. Think they need a new producer. This new one has made mistake after mistake with new co-hosts. Love Whoopi and Raven and will be sad to see them go. The show has numbered days — sadly. I will miss it!

  11. pictures matter says:

    My, has Michelle changed. Please find and post of picture of Collins. How easy is that?

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