Raven-Symoné is leaving ‘The View’ to make a ‘That’s So Raven’ spin-off

If you were one of the approximately four people who loved That’s So Raven back in the day, then the news that Raven-Symoné is leaving The View to do a spinoff of her Disney show should be good news. She announced that her departure would be happening before the end of the year on Thursday morning, but for hardcore The View fans (or media hounds), it’s been an open secret that the network has been planning on replacing the 30-year-old for months. Or not — right now there are a shit-ton of hosts that rotate through, and Symoné was never that great at discussing politics, so they might just let her go.

But Symoné is stoked to reprise her role as Raven Baxter. She said that this time around, she’ll be a single mom (just like other The View panelist Candace Cameron Bure on Fuller House! Genius idea, ladies!) just trying to live her life. “There’s no title yet, but I’m calling it That’s So Raven 2. It’s Raven Baxter. It’s still me. But I am a mother this time. I’m going to be a single mother raising two kids, and one of them learns that she has visions,” she said in her announcement.

She added that they’ll be working on casting the show soon and that it’s still early days. But she is leaving. She said of her time on The View, “I’ve had such a great time. I’ve learned so much, and I’ve been saying, my experience has been multidimensional.”

Symoné is quite the character in general, and she often sparred with hosts about some hot button topics, aptly labeled the Hot Topics roundtable segment (the classic setup where Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, and other hosts yell at each other about the front page headlines). Once, she fought with Bure about the Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery lawsuit in Oregon. Symoné is in a relationship with a woman, and she had some things to say about the LGBTQ discrimination.

She said this summer, “I definitely have a different lifestyle than a lot of people in this world — good and bad — and my views are different than one might think my views might be because I’ve never really spoken my truth until recently.” She added, “Some people might not agree with me and some people will but we know how to talk to each other in a respectful way so that everybody gets their point across and there’s no cutthroat conversation.”

But no more. Off she goes to play a single mom with a kid who has visions. That does actually sound better than fighting with Bure about Donald Trump.