ABC News tried to shoot down a report that Rosie Perez was out at The View this afternoon, issuing this statement today: “Rosie Perez is currently in rehearsal for her Broadway play for the month of January. Her status with the show has not changed.”
Reporters Who Cover Television noticed that the statement does not address Perez’s long-term future on the show. She has a one-year contract on The View, but at least one person with knowledge of the situation suggested we not bet the farm on Perez returning to when rehearsals are concluded for Larry David’s play Fish In The Dark.
When ABC announced back in September that Perez had been hired for its daytime talker, it was explained that the actress previously had signed on to co-star opposite David in the Broadway production, produced by Scott Rudin, and would take off the month of January from The View for rehearsals, returning next month.
Just yesterday, Perez tweeted this, in re her return to the show:
Perez had been announced as one of the new panelists at the same time the addition of Nicolle Wallace was made official, joining the back-from-gone Rosie O’Donnell — all of whom were signed to one-year deals, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. They joined Whoopi Goldberg, who was the show’s only returning panelist. Of the new lineup, only Perez had been largely under the radar during the search. Perez had served as a guest co-host on the talk show in February 2014. Adding Perez into the mix meant the ladies of The View included three actresses: O’Donnell, Goldberg and Perez.
News of Perez’s uncertain future on the show is not so great for its EP Bill Wolff, who’d made what was considered the surprising pick of Perez for the lineup.
Since its return with the new cast, new studio, new set and new EP, The View‘s ratings have been steady in overall audience but down in key female demos, though it’s not the only daytime show suffering that slump.
Weeks into its reboot, following the “retirement” of co-creator Barbara Walters, ABC News President James Goldston told his staff he was taking over The View – Goldston being the guy who helped former NBC News prez (and incoming Disney-ABC Television Group President) Ben Sherwood to reboot ABC’s Good Morning America. He named ABC News staffers who would “help guide The View in its exciting next chapter.”
That announcement was made in late October; the show went dark for two weeks during the holiday period and, since its return, it has had to contend with the absence of Goldberg due to illness and Perez’s departure for rehearsals. Although the show has not had much of a chance to get its footing, there already is talk of making changes to the program, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
“I am beyond thrilled, honored and completely surprised that I’ve been asked to join The View,” Perez said when she was announced. “Knowing that I’ll be in the company of Whoopi, Rosie and Nicolle, three very smart and engaging women that I have an immense amount of respect for, makes it even more unbelievable. The opportunity to connect with our nation’s audience on a daily basis … icing on the cake! Very happy.”