Ana Navarro is making things permanent…
The 50-year-old Nicaraguan political strategist and commentator has been named as a permanent co-host on the ABC’s daytime talk show The View, alongside fellow new co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin.
Navarro, who has been a contributor to the show since 2015 and a guest co-host since 2018, will now become a permanent co-host. Navarro will continue to commute from Coral Gables, FL.
Farah Griffin will fill the conservative seat on the Hot Topics table.
With the additions, The View panel will now consist of six seats.
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg called the announcement of Navarro as a co-host “long overdue.”
Navarro called it a “huge, enormous” privilege to be “part of a 25 year institution,” and “whether people like it or not, whether some people acknowledge it or not, it is the relevance and the importance and the platform that The View represents.”
She talked of emigrating from Nicaragua as a political refugee when she was 8 years old, and said that when someone with that background “gets the opportunity and the chance to have a platform, you grab it with both hands and you run with it.”
Executive producer Brian Teta told ABC News that “we promised to take a little time to fill the seat and we have found the right match and a welcome addition to the show with Alyssa. She is willing to share her unique political experience and brings a strong conservative perspective while holding her own in tough debates with her co-hosts and guests on both sides of the aisle.”
Navarro, Teta said, “is a strong independent thinker with savvy insight, not to mention that she is whip-smart and fiercely funny. We are very happy to officially welcome her as a co-host.”