Rosie Perez has decided to leave the daytime talk show “The View” to focus on full time for acting. Read on for more details.
According to People, the 50-year-old co-host has “decided to leave the show at the conclusion of this season to pursue full time her love for acting.” It was announced by Bill Wolff, one of the executive producers for the daily talk show, announced the news to the entire staff that it was effective on July 7, 2015.
The next day, the actress announced the news tearfully to the audience and her co-hosts by coming to the studio on her last day. It was while the Flamingos song entitled “Lovers Never Say Goodbye” was playing at the time. The audience gave the actress a standing applause, while co-host of the show Raven-Symone immediately ran to bring a box of tissues, and the co-host Nicolle Wallace was also crying.
“This is yours to do, so you go on ahead and do it,” Whoopi Goldberg, the moderator of the show, told Rosie.
Perez said that it is time to move on, and leaving “The View” is very “bittersweet” for her. She also added that she is very sad to leave the show and the two women Goldberg and Nicolle, even though she is excited for her future in acting. She even thanked the producers, staffs, co-hosts, fans and the in-studio audience.
She said that the job has been “such a great opportunity to be part of such an iconic show that has opened me up to a broader audience, and I will be forever grateful for that.”
She even added that she would continue her activism for HIV/AIDS, and work for her community and women. She will also be working with ESPN as a boxing commentator.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that when Perez leaves “The View” in August, the guest co-host Michelle Collins might join the show as an official co-host.
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