Entertainment Raven-Symone joins 'The View' Raven Symone attends 2015 GLSEN Respect Awards on June 1, 2015 in New York City. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Bennett Raglin By VERNE GAY email@example.com June 10, 2015 12:15 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email After a few dozen appearances -- 37, in fact -- and an equal number of tabloid reports predicting this news, Raven-Symone has finally joined "The View" as a full-time host. The quotes: "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," she said, in part. And show creator Barbara Walters: "She is happy, amusing and well informed, and has already brought a unique perspective." Raven-Symone has spent a lifetime in front of the camera and as a result has built a multi-generational fan base, comprised of young kids who happily remember her on "That's So Raven," and much older kids -- in fact, technically adults by now -- who happily recall her many years on "The Cosby Show," as Denise Huxtable's stepdaughter, Olivia Kendall. There was, much later, a long run on the ABC sitcom "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper," but kids' TV would be the sweet spot: as a Cheetah Girl, Raven Baxter, and much much else. The Cheetah Girls albums from the middle of the last decade alone were huge hits. She also landed a cameo on TV's hottest primetime soap, "Empire;" has had a run on Broadway, and...has spoken about a return to the recording studio. She replaces Rosie O'Donnell -- who abruptly left the program in February -- and joins moderator Whoopi Goldberg and other co-hosts Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez. By VERNE GAY firstname.lastname@example.org Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.