Could we be seeing Raven-Symoné's face on The View panel permanently?
After doing a couple guest co-hosting stints in March, a report surfaced that claimed ABC is "desperately" trying to get the former child star to sign on as a regular host, alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie Perez, before their upfronts in New York on May 12.
"She was interesting and provocative. Raven would be great as a regular host," an ABC rep reportedly told Page Six. While the network doesn't take away from the fact that Raven was a wonderful guest co-host, they also tell E! News that plans to make her a regular part of the daytime talk show have not been made.
"She's been terrific as a guest co-host. No decision imminent—all proceeding as planned as we've said for months," an ABC rep tells us.
E! News has reached out to Symoné's rep.
The 29-year-old gave her opinion on the controversial headlines at the time that surrounded comments made by Univision's Rodner Figueroa on the program El Gordo Y La Flaca when he stated, "Mind you, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she's part of the cast of Planet of the Apes, the film."
"Was he saying it racist-like? Because he said that he voted for her later and I don't think he was saying it racist," she said, and continued, "Michelle, don't fire me for this right now, but some people look like animals. Is that true?...I look like a bird. Can I be mad if somebody calls me Tucan Sam?"
After being on the receiving-end of some backlash, Raven clarified what she meant by her comments during an interview with E! News.
"I don't think I was defending," the actress told us. "I think he got fired for a reason. It was very distasteful what he said, it was very distasteful. And I don't believe she looks like one at all. I don't believe she should've been casted, but I do know that a lot of people I know have animal traits."
"I think any time something is dealing with race, that is still an open wound and you try to look at it from a different standpoint, people are gonna get mad," she continues. "Especially when it's socially out, blasted, and people don't read the whole story."