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
Known forCo-hosting on The View
Spouse(s)Jeff Tarpley (m. 2001; div. 2009)
Lamar 'Sal' Sally (m. 2011) (filed for divorce)
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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
Known forCo-hosting on The View
Spouse(s)Jeff Tarpley (m. 2001; div. 2009)
Lamar 'Sal' Sally (m. 2011) (filed for divorce)

Sherri Evonne Shepherd (born April 22, 1967)[1][2] is an American comedian, actress, and television personality. She was one of the co-hosts on the ABC daytime talkshow The View for seven seasons. She hosts the Newlywed Game, and had a recurring role as Angie Jordan on the NBC series 30 Rock. As an actress, she has starred in the sitcom Less than Perfect and her own sitcom Sherri on Lifetime. Shepherd previously had a recurring role on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond as police Sgt. Judy Potterbrother, the partner of officer Robert Barone.

Early life[edit]

Shepherd was born in Chicago, to Lawrence A. Shepherd (born c. 1943) and LaVerne Shepherd (c. 1941–1991), as the eldest of three sisters.[3] When she was 11, her family moved to Hoffman Estates, a Chicago northwest suburb. She attended Winston Churchill Elementary School and Eisenhower Junior High School of Community Consolidated School District 54 and Hoffman Estates High School of District 211.



Shepherd worked a day job as a legal secretary while doing stand-up comedy at night. Her first TV role was on the show Cleghorne!, starring former Saturday Night Live cast member Ellen Cleghorne. Three years later, Shepherd pursued acting and stand-up comedy full-time, working again as a legal secretary for a day job. She had guest and recurring roles on Everybody Loves Raymond and Living Single as well as regular roles on Suddenly Susan and The Jamie Foxx Show. Perhaps her most successful role prior to The View was playing the main character of Ramona Platt (2002–2006) on the comedy Less than Perfect. In 2009 she starred for one season in Lifetime Television's Sherri, a sitcom about Shepherd's life.[4]

Shepherd has branched out to film, with roles in Guess Who, Beauty Shop, Cellular, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Academy Award-winning film Precious.[5] Her most recent film role is as Lula in One for the Money, starring Katherine Heigl. She still performs stand-up comedy at Los Angeles area clubs like the Comedy Store and the Laugh Factory, although she lives in New York. She has also been a frequent and popular guest on Ellen DeGeneres's syndicated daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, for which she holds a record for being on the show the greatest number of times. She also had a recurring role on 30 Rock as Angie Jordan, and she has appeared as a special guest host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.[6]

Co-host on The View[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 became a frequent guest co-host on ABC's The View. She eventually became a permanent co-host on Monday, September 10, 2007. She co-hosted the 35th Daytime Emmy Awards on June 20, 2008. Her fellow co-host was All My Children star Cameron Mathison. Shepherd was nominated for her first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host.

On May 14, 2009, she was nominated again for her second Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host, when nominations for 36th Daytime Emmy Awards were announced on the Today Show. Shepherd won her first Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host that year.

On June 26, 2014, Shepherd announced she would leave the chat program after "seven wonderful years."[7]

Criticized statements[edit]

Shepherd was criticized heavily after the September 18, 2007, broadcast of The View,[8] in which 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.[9] Shepherd later referred to her statement as a "brain fart" brought on by nerves. Barbara Walters and Sherri Shepherd talked after that episode: Walters said, "Dear, the Earth is round", and Shepherd responded with: "Barbara, I know that!"[10][11]

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."[12][13]

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."[14] In January 2008, Sherri referred to Gospel singer Shirley Caesar as "the black Patti LaBelle." LaBelle, like Caesar, is black.[15]


Shepherd authored the book Permission Slips: Every Woman's Guide to Giving Herself a Break, published in October 2009.[16]

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 professional partner was announced as Val Chmerkovskiy; the couple were eliminated on the fourth week of competition.

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

Personal life[edit]

In 2001, Shepherd married comedian Jeff Tarpley (also referred to as Jeff T. Aware). Their only child, Jeffrey, was born in April 2005.[3] Previously, Shepherd had announced that she was expecting fraternal twins (one boy, one girl), but miscarried her daughter, and instead gave birth three months prematurely.[17][18] The couple separated in 2006 and divorced in 2009 after she discovered Tarpley was having an affair, an event that inspired her sitcom Sherri.[10]

Shepherd became engaged on December 26, 2010, to TV writer Lamar Sally, whom she had been seeing for over a year. They were wed on August 13, 2011, at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.[19] On May 2, 2014, Sally filed for separation.[20] From the separation reports, the couple is expecting a child via surrogate, of whom Sally has requested full custody.[21] Shepherd filed for divorce on May 12, 2014, citing "irreconcilable differences."[22] The couple is involved in a heated dispute over whether Shepherd has a legal obligation toward supporting the child financially.[23]

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."[24] She suffers from type 2 diabetes[25] after having had pre-diabetes for years.[26]



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)[27]
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[28]Vicki
2014Top Five
2016Ride Along 2Filming


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, 2013The Tonight Show with Jay LenoHerself9 episodes
2007–2010Entertainment TonightHerself25 episodes
2007, 2009–201330 RockAngie Jordan11 episodes
2007, 2009The Late Late Show with Craig FergusonHerself3 episodes
2008EntourageHerself1 episode
2008-2013Rachael RayHerself8 episode
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–presentNewlywed 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 episodes
2011GMA Dove AwardHerselfHost
2011Season 25: Oprah Behind The ScenesHerself
201138th Daytime Emmy AwardsHerselfPresenter
2011Neicy Nash Wedding BashHerself
2011The Early ShowHerself1 episode
2011VH1 Divas Celebrates SoulHerselfPresenter
2011Wedding Fabulous: Sherri Shepherd Gets MarriedHerself
2011Top 10 Wedding of 2011Herself
2012The Daily ShowHerself1 episode
2012, 2013Wendy Williams ShowHerself3 episode
2012The Colbert ReportHerself1 episode
2012Dancing With The StarsHerself8 episodesContestant
2012Jimmy Kimmel Live!Herself1 episode
2012The Soul ManNikki1 episode
2012, 2013The ChewHerself1 episode
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[29]



Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Award

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

Black Reel Awards

BET Comedy Awards

NAACP Image Awards

Gracie Awards

Braveheart Awards


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Newlywed Game host
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