It's official...Raven-Symone is joining The View as a co-host, panelist Whoopi Goldberg announced on Wednesday's show. "We are happy to announce Raven-Symoné is now permanently part of The View," Goldberg said, right before a confetti cannon went off and Raven walked onstage to audience screams and the song "Celebrate" playing in the background. "I am so happy. I remember coming on The View when I was 15 years old for the first Cheetah Girls," said Raven. "I'm very happy to be sitting with these smart, talented mentors." "The Disney Company has made another one of my dreams come true! Being a part of The View family will be a wonderful growing experience for me," she said in a statement. "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. I want to thank ABC, ABC News and The Disney Company for believing in me and my potential! Let's have some fun!" View executive producer and creator Barbara Walters also issued a statement which read, "Raven- Symoné is a welcome addition to The View. She is happy, amusing and well informed, and has already brought a unique perspective to the program that has resonated with our audience."

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