Sherri Shepherd

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Sherri Shepherd
Sherri Shepherd.jpg
Sherri Shepherd, May 27, 2010
BornSherri Evonne Shepherd
(1967-04-22) April 22, 1967 (age 47)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Television personality
Years active1995–present
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Sherri Shepherd
Sherri Shepherd.jpg
Sherri Shepherd, May 27, 2010
BornSherri Evonne Shepherd
(1967-04-22) April 22, 1967 (age 47)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Television personality
Years active1995–present

Sherri Evonne Shepherd (born April 22, 1967) is an African-American author, businesswoman and actress. She headlined her own sitcom, Sherri, on Lifetime television. Shepherd hosts Nickelodeon channel's "NickMom Night Out" television program.[1]

Shepherd appeared on Broadway in Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical Cinderella.[2] In 2014, Shepherd played an ex-girlfriend of Chris Rock's character in Rock's film Top Five.[3]

Early life[edit]

Shepherd was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of LaVerne (c. 1941–1991) and Lawrence A. Shepherd (born c. 1943), a church deacon.[4] She is the eldest of three sisters.[5]



Her estimated net worth is $10 million.[6]

Business ventures include a line of wigs and hair add-ins.[7]


In 2009, she starred for one season in Lifetime Television's Sherri, a sitcom about Shepherd's life.[8]

Shepherd has appeared as a special guest host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.[9]

Television Personality[edit]

The View's panel (left–right Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck) interview United States President Barack Obama on July 29, 2010.

In 2006, Shepherd was a frequent guest co-host on ABC's The View. She was a permanent co-host from 2007 to 2014. She received several awards for her work on the show.

She co-hosted the 35th Daytime Emmy Awards on June 20, 2008.

On-Camera Flubs[edit]

Shepherd was criticized heavily after one 2007 broadcast of The View.[10] The show was often filmed "live", with little or no editing. She stated that she didn't "believe in evolution. Period." Co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked her, "Is the world flat?" She first responded, "I don't know," and expanded that she "never thought about it". Shepherd continued that it was more important to her that she thought about how she was "going to feed [her] child". Barbara Walters replied by pointing out, "You can do both." However, Shepherd then went on to quote Scripture.[11] Shepherd later referred to her statement as a "brain fart" brought on by nerves. Barbara Walters and Shepherd talked after that episode: Walters said, "Dear, the Earth is round", and Shepherd responded with: "Barbara, I know that!"[12][13]

Shepherd (center) on The View with Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

Similar criticism erupted after the December 4, 2007, broadcast of The View when, during a discussion initiated by Joy Behar about Epicurus, Shepherd attempted to assert that Christians existed in classical Greece, and that the Greeks threw them to the lions. When confronted on this point, she further claimed that "Jesus came first" (before Greeks and Romans) and stated, "I don't think anything predated Christians", to which Joy Behar responded: "The Jews."[14][15]

Shepherd garnered ridicule after admitting to never voting partly due to her upbringing as a strict Jehovah's Witness. She was quoted as saying that she just "never knew the dates or anything"; she stated, "I've never voted for anything in my life."[16] In January 2008, Sherri referred to Gospel singer Shirley Caesar as "the black Patti LaBelle." LaBelle, like Caesar, is black.[17]

Sherri said, "I was taught not to confront and interrupt people, but that's what I do every day on the View." [18]


Shepherd wrote the book Permission Slips: Every Woman's Guide to Giving Herself a Break, published in October 2009.[19] Chapter Two is ironically titled "Permission to Date, Love, Marry and Divorce the Wrong Guy."

Shepherd also has a co-author credit on Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes. That book was published by Harper Collins in 2013.

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

In March 2012, Shepherd participated as a celebrity contestant on the fourteenth season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Her dance partner was Val Chmerkovskiy. The dancing team lasted several weeks.

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
1Foxtrot / "Sherry"878No Elimination
2Jive / "Proud Mary"878Safe
3Rumba / "If I Could"888Safe
4Tango / "Come On Feel the Noise"777Eliminated


YAI [20] organization encourages autistic and developmentally challenged children to participate in life.

Sherri raises funds for the YAI Sherri Shepherd "Believe in Abilities" Fund.[21]

Fundraising efforts include asking members to donate unused AMEX Membership Rewards points. [22][23]

Personal life[edit]

Shepherd was previously married to Jeff Tarpley. Their twin daughter was stillborn.[24] The surviving twin, a son, Jeffrey, was delivered prematurely.[5]

Shepherd remarried in 2011.[25] Shepherd filed for divorce in 2014.[26][27]

Shepherd has type 2 diabetes[28] after having had pre-diabetes for years.[29]

A devout Christian, Shepherd has stated about the role God has played in her life and career: "If I didn't have God, I would have been dead."[30]



2000King of the Open MicsMarci
2003Pauly Shore Is DeadHerself
2004CellularJaded Cashier
2005Beauty ShopIda
2005Guess WhoSydney
2007Who's Your CaddyLady G
2007TransformersBig Rhonda(IMAX re-release version only)[31]
2008Madagascar: Escape 2 AfricaFlorrieAnimated; voice
2009Madea Goes to JailHerself
2009PreciousCornrowsBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Critics' Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated - Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2011Big Mommas: Like Father, Like SonBeverly Townsend
2012One for the MoneyLula
2012Abducted: The Carlina White StoryJoy White
2012Think Like a Man[32]Vicki
2014Top Five[3]Vanessa
TBDRide Along 2Filming
TBDWoodlawn [33][34]Mother of a teenage Tony Nathan (longtime Miami Dolphins player)Filming


1995Cleghorne!Victoria6 episodes
1997Claude's CribLorene1 episode
1997Living SingleComedian1 episode
1997, 1999–2000Suddenly SusanRoni, Miranda Charles23 episodes
1998FriendsRhonda, The Tour Guide1 episode
1998–1999Holding the BabyMiss Boggs8 episodes
1998–2003Everybody Loves RaymondOfficer Judy Roseman9 episodes
1999–2001The Jamie Foxx ShowSheila Yarborough10 episodes
2000The Trouble with NormalNina1 episode
2001EmerilMelva LeBlanc11 episodes
2001Rendez ViewHerself1 episode
2002HollaHerself1 episode
2002Men, Women & DogsDr. Michaels1 episode
2002My Adventures in TelevisionJoanna Walker8 episodes
2002–2004PyramidHerself3 episodes
2002–2006Less than PerfectRamona Platt79 episodesNominated - BET Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
2003Joan of ArcadiaMVA Clerk Good1 episode
2003–2004Hollywood SquaresHerself30 episodes
2003–2005Jimmy Kimmel Live!Herself3 episodes
200450 Most Outrageous Moments on TVHerself1 episode
2004My Coolest YearsHerselfUnknown episodes
2004E! 101 Most Awesome Moments in EntertainmentHerself1 episode
2004The Sharon Osbourne ShowHerself1 episode
2004The Wayne Brady ShowHerself1 episode
2004–2006Brandy & Mr. WhiskersCheryl/Meryl (voice)17 episodes
2004–2006The Ellen DeGeneres ShowHerself9 episodes
2004–2005, 2007Kim PossibleM.C Honey (voice)3 episodes
2005Big TimeHerself1 episode
2006Capitol LawGlynda JohnsonTV pilot
2006The Megan Mullally ShowHerself1 episode
2007–2014The ViewHerself600 episodesDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host
(Nominated in 2011, 2010, 2009 & 2008, winning in 2009)
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Talk Series
(Nominated in 2009, 2010, 2011, winning in 2009 & 2011)
2007The Wedding BellsDebbie Quill4 episodes
2007Wheel of FortuneHerself1 episode
2007–2008, 2012, 2013, 2014The Tonight Show with Jay LenoHerself10 episodes
2007–2014Entertainment TonightHerself32 episodes
2007, 2009–201330 RockAngie Jordan11 episodes
2007, 2009The Late Late Show with Craig FergusonHerself3 episodes
2008EntourageHerself1 episode
2008-2014Rachael RayHerself9 episodes
2009Larry King LiveHerself2 episodes
2009SherriSherri Robinson13 episodesGracie Allen Award for Outstanding Female Lead in a Comedy Series
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
2009The Bonnie Hunt ShowHerself2 episodes
2009, 2011The Joy Behar ShowHerself2 episodes
2009The Mo'Nique ShowHerself1 episode
2009WWE RawHerself1 episode
2009WWE SmackdownHerself1 episode
2009, 2011Who Wants to Be a MillionaireHerselfHosted 5 episodes
2010The Electric CompanyHerself1 episode
201082nd Academy AwardsHerselfRed Carpet co-host
2010The Emeril Lagasse ShowHerself1 episode
2010Nickelodeon MegaMusic FestHerself1 episode
2010–2013Newlywed GameHerselfHost, 195 episodes
2010, 2011The Nate Berkus ShowHerself1 episode
2010Celebrity Holiday HomesHerself1 episode
2010Sesame StreetHerself1 episode
2010WWE Tribute to the TroopsHerself1 episode
2011Hot in ClevelandJudge Lesser2 episodes
2011The Oprah Winfrey ShowHerself1 episode
2011GMA Dove AwardHerselfHost
2011Season 25: Oprah Behind The ScenesHerself
201138th Daytime Emmy AwardsHerselfPresenter
2011Neicy Nash Wedding BashHerself
2011The Early ShowHerself1 episode
2011VH1 Divas Celebrate SoulHerselfPresenter
2011Wedding Fabulous: Sherri Shepherd Gets MarriedHerself
2011Top 10 Wedding of 2011Herself
2012The Daily ShowHerself1 episode
2012, 2013, 2014Wendy Williams ShowHerself4 episodes
2012The Colbert ReportHerself1 episode
2012Dancing With The StarsHerself8 episodesContestant
2012Jimmy Kimmel Live!Herself1 episode
2012The Soul ManNikki1 episode
2012, 2013The ChewHerself1 episode
2013The Home and Family ShowHerself1 episode
2013Watch What Happens LiveHerself2 episodes
2013Good Day L.A.Herself1 episode
2013The Steve Harvey ShowHerself1 episode
2013The Dr. Oz ShowHerself1 episode
2013The ChewHerself1 episode
2013Showbiz TonightHerself1 episode
2013How I Met Your MotherDaphne8 episodesSeason 9[35]
2013The Arsenio Hall ShowHerself1 episode
2013Fox and FriendsHerself2 episodes
2013-2014NickMom Night OutHerself23 episodes
2014The Mommy ShowHerself1 episode
2014NashvilleHerself1 episode
2014Extreme Weight LossHerself-Guest1 episode
2014E!NewsHerself1 episode
2014The InsiderHerself2 episodes
2014Celebrity Name GameHerself1 episode
2014The Meredith Vieira ShowHerself1 episode
2014QVCHerselfOngoingSpokesperson for Sherri Shepherd™ LUXHAIR™ Wigs
2014Steve Harvey (TV series)Herself1 episode
@2015The Soul Manrecurring character@ 10 episodesShow premise: Loosely based on an Al Green-like character who transitions from secular music to become a preacher.


2014Rodgers and Hammerstein's CinderellaMadame, the Evil StepmotherBroadway musical

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Award and Nominations

People's Choice Award Nomination

Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination

Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award Nomination

Boston Society of Film Critics Award

Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Nomination

Black Reel Award Nomination

BET Comedy Award Nomination

NAACP Image Awards and Nominations

Gracie Award

Braveheart Award


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