The co-host will return to the ABC show on Feb. 3

By Emily Strohm
Updated January 22, 2015 09:45 AM
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Rosie Perez fans can rest easy now that actress is officially returning to The View.

“We look forward to welcoming the multitalented Rosie Perez back to her seat as co-host on the panel on Feb. 3 after completing rehearsals” for a Broadway play, a rep for ABC confirmed to PEOPLE.

Perez had taken a break from the show while preparing for her role in Larry David’s upcoming Fish in the Dark. When her return date wasn’t immediately announced, rumors arose that she would no longer have a seat at the panel.

But ABC said Perez, 50, “brings her rich life experience and passion to the table, something we’ve sorely missed while she’s been away.”

Best known for her work in Do the Right Thing and White Men Can’t Jump, Perez joined The View last September for its 18th season debut.

A rep for Fish in the Dark told PEOPLE the actress “was always returning to The View when she was done with rehearsals and would somehow manage to juggle both roles when the show opened.”