The former Disney star, who has served as a guest host on the talk show 37 times, will join the show as an official host immediately, ABC announced Wednesday, according to the New York Times.
Whoopi Goldberg also made the announcement on the show today, telling the audience, "We are happy to announce Raven-Symoné is now permanently part of The View." As confetti shot out, Raven walked out to cheers from the audience and gave the other hosts big hugs. "I am so happy," she said. "I remember coming on The View when I was 15 years old for the first Cheetah Girls," Raven said. "I'm very happy to be sitting with these smart, talented mentors."
The 29-year-old Empire actress also echoed those sentiments in a statement, adding, "The cast and crew are warm and welcoming and has made the transition into daytime talk easier. I have a lot to learn within this new arena, but being the apprentice of these spectacular women will only make me a better person and talk show host."
Raven is the latest star to join the show, which has been a bit shaky following Barbara Walters departure from the show last May. Aside from Barbara's exit, Rosie O'Donnell re-joined the cast last September and then quickly signed off of the show for good again in February.
The rest of Raven's co-hosts are relatively new to the show as well. While Whoopi Goldberg has been a staple on The View since 2007, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez both joined the show last year.