Raven-Symoné to Exit ‘The View’ for Disney Channel’s ‘That’s So Raven’ Spinoff

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Another host is set to depart “The View.”

Raven-Symoné is leaving the ABC daytime talkshow by year’s end to develop a spinoff of her comedy series “That’s So Raven” for Disney ChannelVariety has learned.

Symoné will relocate from New York City to Los Angeles for the spinoff, in which she’s set to star and serve as an executive producer. She will reprise her role as the psychic Raven Baxter, who was last seen as a teenager on the show that ran on Disney Channel from 2003 to 2007.

As for “The View,” Symoné’s departure is not a surprise. She was already being phased out this season, only appearing about once a week. But with the show having endured a revolving door of host changes in the past few years, ABC sought to find a low-key exit for the actress. It’s understood that Symone’s departure will be addressed at the start of today’s edition of “The View.”

Symone’s departure comes as “The View” has made an effort to focus more on national politics given the extraordinary course of the presidential race. Brought on in 2015 the be the show’s millennial voice, politics have never been Symoné’s forte, so she’s gotten less screen time while other contributors such as Jedediah Bila and Sunny Hostin have been more prominent.

With eight co-hosts currently rotating through “The View,” it’s unlikely Symoné will be replaced.

Insiders say ABC has been looking for ways to trim down the panel, which currently features seven other players, in addition to Symoné with Joy Behar, Candace Cameron Bure, Paula Faris, Sara Haines, Bila, Hostin and moderator Whoopi Goldberg.

In fact, on a recent episode, Goldberg even made the point that she hadn’t seen Symoné in a long time.

On the untitled “That’s So Raven” spinoff, Symoné’s Raven is now a divorced mother of two pre-teen kids, one of whom has inherited her ability to catch glimpses of the future.

“That’s So Raven” marked Disney Channel’s first multi-camera comedy, and when it premiered, was the highest-rated Disney show among Kids 6-11 and Boys 6-11. The show has proven to have legs for Disney Channel in reruns, even a decade after it ended, averaging 1.1 million total viewers in recent midnight airings.

“Raven’s brilliant style of fearless comedy was a driving force for Disney Channel’s success around the world. Her performance in ‘That’s So Raven’ is timeless. We now have our eyes on the future with her, and we’re looking forward to telling more stories for a new generation with an adult Raven Baxter raising her young family,” said Adam Bonnett, exec VP of original programming for Disney Channels Worldwide.

The “That’s So Raven” spinoff is being developed by writing and producing partners Scott Thomas and Jed Elinoff, who most recently created Disney Channel’s “Best Friends Whenever.”

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  1. Adam says:

    Nick has been trying to do the same thing with its shows. When something works, they go all in and try copying each other…or themselves…over and over until everything sinks. It’s a CYA move so that when a show fails…the corporate people can point the finger and say “it should have worked…see?…THAT worked.” This pattern will ultimately be disrupted by the Net. Raven happens to be very good at presentational acting. She’s funny. If the show is good on its own merits, the show should do fine. It can’t rely on the That’s So Raven tie-in alone. Terri Minsky’s new show looks like it will be the best show on Disney…as it was last go-round.

  2. Bas says:

    I am a Cartoon Network fanboy (child growing up) but That So Raven and The Suite Life____(insert subtitle) made me get into Disney Channel.This is great news for a Peak TV/Golden Age Era.

  3. Nancy B says:

    I did not think that she was a good fit. Bye!

  4. Sharon says:

    My granddaughter Kaysia was in Revenge of the Bridesmaids as Young Abigail (Young Raven). I would love for her to audition for the role of her daughter. She grew up watching That’s So Raven”.
    We loved the show!

  5. nickkaz says:

    I hope Loca comes back

  6. Jackison says:

    Disneychannel should do Even Stevens spin-off!! That show was so good! I wonder if Annelise vanderpol will be back on the show too. I hope she was really funny on the original series.

  7. Sammy says:

    They should get rid of Candace Cameron next. She is not a good fit at all and remains mostly silent throughout the most important topics. What is she there for? I like her but she has got to go, bye girl.

  8. Myeisha Cooper says:

    FINALLYYYYY!!!!! I’ve been waiting all my life for “That’s So Raven” to return 😃 I love,love,love Raven and she’s so funny. I just need to know if there are auditions and when?

  9. Dunstan says:

    Gee, more creatively bankrupt crap. I can’t wait.

  10. jimmy says:

    This “show” is a joke. Untalented card readers that know nothing except what is written for them. The other crapfest The Talk is even worse.

  11. EddieGoing says:

    THANK GOD! Get Ràvèn the HELL off of this show! She’s a fake, a phony, and I wish I never laid eyes on her!

  12. khrish67 says:

    Raven is leaving! When is Sunnie going to be full time? I’m really sick of the one who wants to equate every single political thing to religion. I think she needs to be on the Christian Network, if there is one. It is most interesting with Joy, Whoopi, Jedidah and Sunni and the new mother.

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