Rosie Perez is leaving ABC’s “The View” to Pursue Love for Acting Full-Time
ABC News reports that the Oscar-nominated actress will not be returning to the talk show next season. The 50-year-old, who joined “The View” last September, is said to be leaving the program to pursue “her love for acting” full-time. She’s currently starring in Larry David’s Broadway play “Fish in the Dark.”
Radar reported in January that Perez was going to get the axe for good. She took a leave of absence from the show in January to appear on Broadway, and insiders told Radar at the time that producers planned to offer her the opportunity to exit gracefully, by saying she wanted to pursue acting full-time.
Huffington reports that on Tuesday, Variety published a memo from View producer Bill Wolff confirming just that.
“Stepping into the role of talk show host at the same time she has been starring on Broadway has been incredibly impressive,” Executive Producer Bill Wolff said in an email to staff, per ABC. “And beyond being an enormously talented performer, Rosie is a dedicated advocate who has brought passion and insight to the panel every day … [She] will always be a part of ‘The View’ family, and we will welcome her back as a guest anytime to catch up.”
This isn’t the first time that reports have surfaced about Perez’s impending departure from the show. In January, Variety reported that Perez had been fired from “The View” after ABC executives determined that she wasn’t the “right fit.” However, ABC is said to have “backpedaled on the plan,” and Perez stayed on the air.
It remains unclear who will be filling Perez’s seat on the show. Her last day will be in August.