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'The View' Reportedly Bringing Back A Familiar Face Next Season

It's been a season of shake-ups at the daytime show.
Actress Sherri Shepherd is reportedly returning to "The View."
Actress Sherri Shepherd is reportedly returning to "The View."

Sherri Shepherd is returning for the 19th season of "The View" in a special new role, according to a report by Deadline.  

Shepherd, a veteran co-host of the daytime show, is expected to appear in about 50 episodes as a lead contributor. 

Neither the 48-year-old actress nor a rep for the show responded to The Huffington Post's request for comment or confirmation on Tuesday. It did seem that Shepherd's Twitter timeline had a conspicuous number of shoutouts to "The View" over the preceding 24 hours.

The report of Shepherd's return is just the latest lineup change "The View" has undergone this summer after a bumpy 18th season -- the first without co-founder Barbara Walters at the table.

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg will be the only veteran cast member come season 19. Actress Rosie Perez and political commentator Nicolle Wallace will depart at the end of the current season; actress Raven-Symone and comedian Michelle Collins will be permanent co-hosts in season 19. 

After lengthy speculation, Variety recently reported that former "Full House" actress Candace Cameron Bure and “GMA Weekend” anchor Paula Faris are also expected to join the forthcoming season in prominent co-hosting roles.

Shepherd, considered among the most popular "View" co-hosts to sit at the table, first joined the show in 2007 and departed in 2014. 

The actress, who played the beloved Angie Jordan on "30 Rock," has filled her time since her last stint with "The View" by starring on Broadway, appearing in the TV comedy "The Soul Man," and co-starring in the upcoming films "Ride Along 2" and "Woodlawn."

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