Raven-Symoné is leaving “The View” later this year. The star made the announcement on the ABC morning show Thursday, and she revealed that she won’t be leaving TV for long.
“I’m excited and sad, but mostly excited. I have an announcement to make,” she said. “No, I’m not pregnant … We’re doing a ‘That So Raven 2’ with no real title. There’s no title yet … I’m very excited.”
Symoné starred in the original “That’s So Raven” from 2003 to 2007 as a psychic teen. It seems her character has grown up a lot since audiences last saw her. The Disney Channel spinoff will show her as the single mother of a preteen son and daughter. One of the children, of course, inherited the ability to see the future.
It won’t just be an acting gig for the 30-year-old. She’ll be starring in the show as well as developing it for Disney Channel. She announced on “The View” that she would executive produce the sitcom. Symoné noted that she’d be leaving the talk show before the end of the year to focus on the new “That’s So Raven” full time, but she didn’t specify an exact exit date.
The news comes just a couple months after ABC News president James Goldston refuted rumors that Symoné would leave to focus on other projects. In August, he said in a statement that the actress, who got her start on “The Cosby Show,” was only “getting started” in her role as co-host.
The follow-up to “That’s So Raven” might be taking some inspiration from the success of “Girl Meets World.” The Disney Channel spinoff also shows the original characters as parents while new kids are introduced as the stars.
However, this isn’t the first “That’s So Raven” spinoff. “Cory in the House” followed Raven’s little brother (Kyle Massey) during a stint living at the White House. The show only lasted two seasons.
Symoné noted that casting was starting soon. She wasn’t sure which original cast members would return to the show, but she wants to have some comedy veterans on the show to guide the new talent.
While Symoné is moving shows, she is sticking with the Disney family. Both ABC and Disney Channel are owned by the Walt Disney Company.