“That’s your seat girl,” said The View‘s Nicole Wallace to returning Rosie Perez today on the ABC show. The statement seemed to settle any rumors that the actress was going to be exiting the show after her run on the Larry David-written Broadway show Fish In The Dark. Co-host Whoopi Goldberg also welcomed back the returning Perez, declaring “Rosie Perez is back, y’all” Perez was showered with confetti and a big round of applause from the studio audience as she walked on to the stage.

When Perez had been hired for the show, ABC explained that the actress previously had signed on to co-star opposite David in the Broadway production, produced by Scott Rudin, and would be off for the month of January for rehearsals. Fish In The Dark began previews Monday night and opens March 5.

“I think something should be said about the four of us being back together,” Whoopi said at the close of today’s broadcast, standing on stage with Perez, Rosie O’Donnell and Nicolle Wallace.  “You will hear a lot of rumors – you’ve heard a lot of rumors. But we are here. This is The View, y’all.”