By Lanford Beard
Updated June 10, 2015 11:05 AM
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It’s official: Raven-Symoné is now a permanent co-host on The View.

Moderator Whoopi Goldberg officially announced on Wednesday’s show that the former Cosby Show star, who has served as a guest co-host 37 times, will join her, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez on the panel effective immediately.

In a statement released by ABC, Raven-Symoné, called the appointment “another one of my dreams come true!”

After the announcement at the top of the hour, the new co-host, 29, proudly shared with the audience: “I remember coming to show with the Cheetah Girls when I was 15,” and said, “I’m very happy to be sitting with these smart, talented mentors.” After that she presented some tasty gifts – bacon and sweets for several of the panelists and potato chips and watermelon for Goldberg, 59.

She continued, “Being a part of The View family will be a wonderful growing experience for me. The cast and crew are warm and welcoming and have made the transition into daytime talk easier. I have a lot to learn within this new arena, but being the apprentice of these spectacular women will only make me a better person and talk show host.”

Former moderator Barbara Walters, who remains an executive producer on the show, added, “Raven-Symoné is a welcome addition to The View. She is happy, amusing and well-informed, and has already brought a unique perspective to the program that has resonated with our audience.”

The View airs weekdays (11 a.m. ET) on ABC.