Overall I'm very excited by both of these players. Perez is deeply outspoken and is an intensely likable performer, and with over 25 years of working as an actress in Hollywood, she knows everyone and should be able to ask informed questions of former costars. She is also, it's worth noting, the first Latina to be a panelist on The View, which may help with that key demographic for the show's declining ratings. While I'm always a little concerned when actresses I enjoy do talk shows (see also Whoopi Goldberg and her lack of movie work in recent years), I do feel this was an overall smart decision.
This brings us to the final point about this panel: they're still one short. I know that The View hasn't had a full-time panelist in years since Barbara didn't come in on Fridays, but I think that's a foolish decision to keep going with guest panelists. I like it when smart women join in on the Hot Topics session, but by-and-large the guest panelists are either saying something ostentatious to rile up a cohost (Kathy Griffin, Laura Ingraham), or are too afraid to say anything that will hurt the film or book they are promoting. The View could go a similar way to Walters, where a respected journalist like Ann Curry or Maria Shriver comes in for part of the week to add some journalistic credit to the panel, but I think that's foolish as only Walters should be afforded that privilege (it's her show, after all). The reality is that people like the chemistry between the women on the panel, and want that day-in-and-day-out. The show needs to find its groove again, and there's already enough newness now that they don't need to throw it off more so with temporary players. Talk shows thrive off of consistency and reliable personalities-establish the permanent co-hosts first before you add in new flavors.
Those are my thoughts on the new panelists for the The View and where the series should go with their final panelist-what are yours? Do you like Perez and Wallace? Do you think they should hire a fifth host or keep the guest hosts filling that spot? And do you think someone like Hart would be a great fit for that spot? Share in the comments!