09/06/2007 at 07:00 AM EDT
Ending weeks of speculation, Sherri Shepherd will become a permanent member of ABC's The View
on Sept. 10, PEOPLE has confirmed.
"It's her!" a source tells PEOPLE, adding that Shepherd will appear on Monday's show for the highly anticipated announcement
from co-host Barbara Walters.
Showbiz insiders have long suspected
that Shepherd would link with new co-host Whoopi Goldberg alongside Walters, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck for the 11th season of the weekday show.
on the all-female forum drew some 3.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research, making it the show's second-most-watched season premiere – behind Rosie O'Donnell
's 2006 debut
, seen by 4.4 million.
Shepherd's arrival gives The View
its first full cast since before O'Donnell came and went. The topical talk-fest also shed Star Jones Reynolds and Meredith Vieira during the past two seasons.
An ABC spokesperson would say only that "an official announcement will come Monday on The View
as promised Wednesday by Barbara Walters."
Shepherd, whose credits include ABC's Less Than Perfect
and Fox's The Wedding Bells
, has made multiple appearances as a guest on The View
and last fall ventured into the talk arena working on a syndicated project with Disney.
She appears in the upcoming film Who's Your Caddy
. Her resume also includes roles on Pauly Shore Is Dead
and The Jamie Foxx Show
Reporting by MARK DAGOSTINO