“I’ve wanted my own talk show since I left ‘The View’ in 2014! Today, God showed the world my ‘YES!” Thank you everyone for making this dream of hosting my own talk show come true!”
Sherri Shepherd has officially landed her own syndicated daytime talk show titled Sherri.
Set to air in September, the new Debmar-Mercury production comes on the heels of The Wendy Williams Show ending and will inherit Wendy’s timeslot. Shepherd, along with various other celebrities, has been a guest-host on Wendy numerous times due to Williams’ prolonged health-related absence. Wendy Williams, the Queen of Media as she was affectionately named by her fans, has faced a string of health issues within the last several years, causing her to take frequent hiatus from her platform. With a star-studded lineup of guest-hosts filling in including Nick Cannon, Michael Rappaport, Jerry Springer, and Bill Bellamy, Sherri stood out and became an instant fan favorite.
“Sherri is a natural who proved her hosting skills for many years as a panelist on The View, on Fox’s Dish Nation and again this season as a popular guest host of Wendy,” Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein said. “Like our viewers, we have been impressed by the unique comedic twist Sherri puts on our daily live ‘Hot Topics’ segment, her creativity and interactions with our guests. Her love for the content and daytime fans is obvious, and we are excited to partner with her to create another long-term talk franchise.”
Along with inheriting Wendy’s producing team, Debmar-Mercury, Sherri’s show will also inherit the same staff that is currently working with The Wendy Williams Show. The distributors and producers have not completely shut the door on possibly working with Wendy again and have stood firm in their support of Williams amid her health crisis.
“This is also a bitter-sweet moment for us and our partners at Fox. ”Marcus and Bernstein said. “We all have a great love and affinity for Wendy, who grew into a true icon during her 12 incredible seasons as the solo host of a live, daily talk show dishing on “Hot Topics” and interviewing celebrities. Since Wendy is still not available to host the show as she continues on her road to recovery, we believe it is best for our fans, stations and advertising partners to start making this transition now. We hope to be able to work with Wendy again in the future, and continue to wish her a speedy and full recovery.”
Shepherd, 54, is no stranger to syndicated shows, as she became a permanent panel host on ABC’s Emmy Award winning talk show The View in 2007. Her tenure on The View lasted until 2014. The actress and comedian has also guest hosted Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Nickelodeon‘s NickMom Night Out special, The Best Ever Trivia Show on The Game Show Network.
Sherri cried tears of joy while announcing her new show on Tuesday. While still in, the actress reflected on previous times where doors were slammed in her face, but her faith remained.
“When you think it’s a ‘no,’ sometimes God is saying ‘Not Yet!’,” Shepherd said. “I’ve wanted my own talk show since I left ‘The View’ in 2014! Today, God showed the world my ‘YES!” Thank you everyone for making this dream of hosting my own talk show come true!”