ABC will unveil actress Sherri Shepherd as the fifth host of The View on Monday, filling out the cast of the daytime talkshow, according to Variety. The trade paper claims that sources close to the show confirmed Shepherd will become the show's newest panelist, filling the slot left vacant by Star Jones more than a year ago.

ABC had been in talks with Shepherd for some time; they decided to delay her announcement to give incoming moderator Whoopi Goldberg a week to get her footing as the show's new moderator.

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The appointment of Shepherd brings The View panel to full strength for the first time since the departure of Jones, who launched a talk show on Court TV this summer, and former moderator Meredith Vieira, who left last summer to become co-anchor of NBC's Today.

ABC executives did not appoint a fifth panelist during Rosie O'Donnell's feud-filled run as moderator, deciding instead to focus on holding the show together while they rode the ratings phenomenon.

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