The View's Next Star: Brandy?
The singer and actress will fill in for Reynolds on the morning show next week
Could Star Jones Reynolds’s replacement on The View be Brandy? The singer and actress will fill in on the ABC morning show next Wednesday and Friday, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.
The 27-year-old former Moesha star is currently a judge on America’s Got Talent, an NBC reality show produced by American Idol’s Simon Cowell. “America’s Got Talent has really opened a lot of doors for me,” she tells PEOPLE. “I want to do a lot more TV.”
Her View stint could lead to a full-time job. “These tryouts are for consideration for the permanent gig,” a source close to the situation tells PEOPLE. “They plan to have a few people trying out, like what CBS did (before hiring) Craig Ferguson for the Late Late Show.”
On Thursday, One Life to Live actress Ren e Goldsberry was the first guest host to fill in for Reynolds. Goldsberry was recruited “almost at the last minute,” according to cohost and show creator Barbara Walters.
Goldsberry will be a guest host again on Monday. Tuesday’s episode will be a repeat of a previous broadcast and All My Children’s Susan Lucci will fill in on Thursday.
Born in McComb, Mississippi, Brandy (full name: Brandy Norwood) has released four albums that together have sold more than 25 million copies. She starred in UPN’s Moesha from 1996-2001, and had leading roles in the movies TV movies Cinderella and Double Platinum.
The View has been the focus of much attention since Reynolds’s surprise on-air announcement Tuesday that she would not be returning for the show’s 10th season. She revealed to PEOPLE that she had been fired.