Parting is such sweet sorrow for “The View’s” co-host Sherri Shepherd (pictured) as she boo-hooed Monday morning on the show about her impending exit. The comedienne, actress, and seven-year “View” vet broke down at the beginning of the ABC-TV chatfest’s hour revealing, “It is true that I’m leaving ‘The View,’” she confirmed. “Some people have known since the spring that I was leaving.”
Initially, Shepherd claims she did not go public with her decision to leave “The View” because the show’s creator and panel top dog Barbara Walters was retiring in May, “I didn’t want to do anything to distract from Barbara Walters and our celebration of her retirement in May.”
The diminutive diva, who is in the throes of a nasty and very public divorce from her husband, Lamar Sally, of nearly three years also discussed on the segment how she is a devout Christian and how the number of years she has been on the show, seven, is tied to the Bible, “You guys know that I often talk about my faith. I’m a woman of faith, and seven in the Bible is the number of God’s completion. And I’ve been here seven years, and my time at “The View” is complete,” Shepherd explained.
The 47-year-old talk maven alluded to many career opportunities coming down the pike for her and how she will be invited back to chat about them. Shepherd also gave a poignant speech about all of the sister friends she has made on the talk show’s panel and thanked the show’s executive producer as well.
“I’m gonna forever be grateful to Barbara Walters and [executive producer] Bill Geddie for taking a chance on an actress and a comedienne and making me learn things and making me step out of my comfort zone, for giving me a chance. When everybody said I shouldn’t be at this table, they gave me a chance,” she said. “I wanna say I’ve made friendships and sisterhood for life at this table. Elisabeth Hasselbeck is my sister for life. Joy Behar is my sister for life.” Turning to Jenny McCarthy, who is also leaving “The View,” Shepherd said, “You are my sister.”
“You, my friend, have been a mentor to me. I love you so much, Whoopi Goldberg, because Whoopi Goldberg has had my back,” she added. “Even when I didn’t appreciate it, she’s always had my back.”
Shepherd then went on to recount some warm and fuzzy ‘View’ moments with her co-hosts and audience members.