— -- Michelle Collins is going to have a permanent presence on the "The View."
On Monday, it was announced that the comedian would become the new co-host of the ABC morning show when the show returns in September for season 19. She will continue to make regular appearances until the show goes on hiatus in August.
"I am so excited and I feel so lucky that I get to come here and spend this time with you," she said after the announcement was made. Then, she turned her attention to current co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Nicolle Wallace, Rosie Perez and Raven-Symoné.
"Everybody has been so welcoming and wonderful and kind to me and specifically you guys," Collins said.
Collins, 33, had been guest-hosting the show for some time. She was also featured on VH1's "Walk of Shame Shuttle," hosted the syndicated series "The Gossip Queens," and appeared as a correspondent on "Big Morning Buzz Live" on VH1. The comedian also spent six years as the managing editor of VH1's "Best Week Ever" website.
“Michelle Collins brings a fantastic energy and keen sense of humor to the program,” said "The View" creator and executive producer Barbara Walters. “Michelle can be both outrageous and thoughtful. She is a welcome addition to ‘The View’ panel with her intelligence, quick wit and vast knowledge of pop culture.”