ABC Wants Raven-Symoné As 'The View' Regular Host: 'She's Provocative'

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Cast member Raven-Symone poses at the premiere of ''College Road Trip'' at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California March 3, 2008. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

Raven-Symoné is said to be highly wanted by ABC. The network wants her to be a host of “The View,” especially after the great job she did when she guest-hosted back in March.

Page Six reports that ABC executives are desperate for Raven to take them up on their offer for her to be a regular host of “The View” before the show’s upfront presentation in May 12 to be held in New York. According to the sources, the former Disney star impressed the chiefs when she guest-hosted the daytime show last month. The “Empire” case member hosted alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie Perez and was so naturally good that the network now wants her to be a regular. An ABC source shared to Page Six, “She was interesting and provocative. Raven would be great as a regular host.” Raven’s own representatives however, have yet to release a statement on this news. 

It could be remembered that her guest hosting stint at “The View” caused quite a stir. She was very direct and not shy at all about speaking her mind. She argued that Univision host Rodner Figueroa’s comments about Michelle Obama appearing like part of the  “Planet of the Apes” cast cannot be justified from a racial standpoint or in short, the comment was not racist. Her comments got many riled up thinking she was defending Rodner. However, when E Online caught up with her, she did not backtrack on her statements. Instead, she clarified that she was not defending Rodner and that him getting fired happened for a valid reason. She called his statements “distasteful.” While she shared that certainly, the first lady does not look like an “ape," it cannot be denied that some people “look like animals" so being compared to one should not be taken as offensive. She said she herself has always been compared to a bird.

Last year, she also told Oprah that she does not consider herself an African American. Instead, she deems herself an “American.” Her statements caught flak but true to her style, she did not take her words back. Instead, she told E Online that she is indeed not African American based on a DNA test from Ancestry.com, even though she is “black.”

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