ABC is attempting to squash the rumors that Rosie Perez is leaving The View once and for all on Thursday by announcing the date she will return to the show next month after an extended hiatus to rehearse for Larry David’s upcoming play, Fish in the Dark. According to an ABC spokesperson, Perez will be back on the couch Tuesday, February 3, the morning after the play begins previews on Broadway.
“We look forward to welcoming the multi-talented Rosie Perez back to her seat as co-host on the panel on Feb. 3 after completing rehearsals for her upcoming Broadway play,” ABC said in a statement to TheWrap. “She brings her rich life experience and passion to the table — something we’ve sorely missed while she’s been away.”
Last week, Variety reported that Perez was leaving the show after just four months, citing sources within the production. At the time, a spokesperson for ABC said that Perez’s “status with the show has not changed.”
That message was echoed on air by The View co-host Rosie O’Donnell, who told the show’s audience that Perez “will be back here at her job, regardless of what you hear on other shows or read in magazines as I did last night at 11:40 and went, ‘What the fuck?!’”
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