Welcome to the panel of “The View,” Raven-Symone. And also to the wrath of Twitter.
After a long-running guest stint on the ABC daytime talk show, the former “That’s So Raven” and “Cheetah Girls” star was named as a permanent co-host on Wednesday. And while Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace appeared genuinely happy, there was no shortage of trash-talking on Twitter — where, let’s face it, there’s never any shortage of trash-talking, ever.
“#TheView Raven Symone on permanently?Why? Cosby Kid? Cheetah Girl? WowGimme a break,” one Twitter user groused. “So many smart socially conscious young ppl? Creepy”
“Oh. All her shuckin n jivin paid off,” Lyons sniped.
While there were plenty of critics, other fans welcomed ABC’s decision to permanently add Symone to the panel, with one calling it “Just awesome!!”
Below is a sampling of reaction as compiled by TheWrap.
— Julia Black (@JNBlack) June 10, 2015
#TheView Raven Symone on permanently?Why? Cosby Kid? Cheetah Girl? WowGimme a break. So many smart socially conscious young ppl? Creepy
— lonette mckee (@lonettemckee) June 10, 2015
Raven-Symone is gonna be on The View now. I look forward to hearing all the stupid things she's going to say.
— Janelle (@jnelleiz) June 10, 2015
The only reason #TheView hired Raven is they know she will say some stupid shit, and the ratings will sky rocket. At her expense. Silly gal
— MeaghanTamara (@MeaghanTamara) June 10, 2015
The fact that Raven Symone used to be the only other Black girl who made me proud to be a Black girl makes me PISSED at her ignorance today.
— skinny black girl (@_airbaT) June 10, 2015
— Cookie Lyons (@iHitKids) June 10, 2015
Despite the criticism, other Twitter users said they were “proud” of Symone and “excited” about the announcement.
— Greg Cope White (@eatgregeat) June 10, 2015
— Christina George (@cdg307) June 10, 2015
— Gina (@GINA2020) June 10, 2015
— Ross Ellis-Property (@NY_RealEstate) June 10, 2015
@ravensymone guuuurl, congratz!
— HΞЯR DΞL RΞY™ (@HRRDLRY) June 10, 2015