Rosie Perez cast as newest host of The View

Por fin! The View is finally adding a Latina to their cast, and I couldn't be happier with the mujer they chose to represent our unique points of view.

Our girl Rosie Perez will join the popular morning show starting September 15, ABC confirms. The 49-year-old Do the Right Thing actress and author will become the first-ever Latina to join the ensemble cast in the show's 18 season history. It's about time. Though the show was originally intended to represent diverse women "from different walks of life," the network has consistently failed to cast a Latina co-host. Well, until now.


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There's no denying Rosie, who turns 50 this Saturday, will make a great addition to cast. Not only does she have a strong and unique voice, but she's already proven that she has great rapport with The Views' veteran co-hosts, Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell. Rosie joined the gabby duo back in February as a guest-host, and suffice it to say she must have made quite an impression on producers. An ABC source tells E! News the decision to ask the Boricua actress from Brooklyn back on, this time as a full-time cast member, was "basically unanimous." I can't say I'm surprised.

After all, Rosie is known for her tell it like is attitude. Pair that with the fact that she happens to be Latina, and therefore has some insight into the topics that matter to us most, is just icing on the cake. And though I'm under no illusions that Rosie will become the ambassador for all things Latina, I do realize that casting her on The View is a step in the right direction.

In fact, here are the top five reasons why I believe casting Rosie on The View was the right thing for the network to do.

Her voice.  Rosie has a unique voice. No, I'm not talking about her distinct, nasal tone. I'm talking about her no holds barred, tell it like it is attitude.

Her views. Remember when Rosie schooled Mitt Romney on what it means to be Latino in America? Oh, that was everything! No doubt she'll be able to hold her own when the co-hosts take on heated debates regarding everything from Kim Kardashian to President Obama.

Her experience. Rosie is an actress, an author, a dancer, and director. Seriously, there's nothing this woman can't do. Her experience in all of these areas will prove useful when it comes time to dissect the current state of pop culture and the film industry.  

Her fearlessness. Rosie showed no fear when she went in on America's sweetheart Jennifer Lopez in her book, "Handbook for an Unpredictable Life."  Of course, she received a considerable amount of flack, but she let it all roll off her back.

She does the right thing. A proud and strong activist, Rosie has starred in and directed the Spanish AIDS PSA campaign "Join the Fight" for Kismet Films, as well as a documentary about Puerto Rican activism. She also serves as the chair of the artistic board for Urban Arts Partnership, a New York City arts education nonprofit.

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