SHERRI Shepherd has revealed that she served jail time years before the TV personality landed her daytime talk show.
The former The View panelist hosted The Wendy Williams Show before getting her own self-titled talk show last year.
In speaking with the Daily Mail, Sherri, 55, revealed that she spent time behind bars during the early 1990s and it’s something the TV star says contributed to her eventual success.
The Sherri host explained: “Yeah, I went to jail for not paying my tickets. At the time I did not think being in jail was a good moment, but looking back I learned to pay all my bills.”
The actress described jail as a “classroom,” stating “it was a life lesson, and now I pay my bills on time.”
The Daily Mail reported that Sherri served “eight days for owing $10,000 in unpaid moving violations.”
The 55-year-old disclosed that “one of the girls in jail said, ‘Leave Sherri alone because she’s gonna be somebody and we are going to be here for the rest of our lives.'”
She continued: “Literally that’s what she used to say.”
The Dish Nation alum also revealed: “Her name was Shelby and she came to both my weddings when I got out.”
Sherri went on to state that “sometimes people see things in you that you don’t see yourself, and when she said those words, ‘Sherri is gonna be somebody,’ I never thought that for myself. So I just knew that something was going to happen.”
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Sherri got her start in the industry during the 1990s doing stand-up comedy shows and playing small parts in movies and television shows.
Prior to Sherri’s mainstream fame, she appeared on sitcoms such as Friends, The Jamie Foxx Show, Suddenly Susan, and Everybody Loves Raymond.
Sherri reached a wider audience in the 2000s for her hosting gig on ABC’s daytime talk show, The View.
During her time on The View, she co-hosted the daytime talk program with Whoopi Goldberg, 67, Joy Behar, 80, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, 45, Jenny McCarthy, 50, and the show’s creator Barbara Walters.
Shepherd co-hosted The View for seven seasons from 2007 to 2014.
The television personality said of her departure in 2014: “The View was one of the best experiences of my life being close to Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg, my idol.”
“It was the best eight years, but it’s like going back to an old boyfriend and sleeping with them again,” Shepherd told ET the year she left.
In November of 2021, Sherri temporarily returned to daytime television as an interim replacement for Wendy Williams, 58, on The Wendy Williams Show.
The Wendy Williams Show was slated to return with the titular host in September, but the star was notably absent from her hosting obligations.
After rotating guest hosts and much speculation from sleuths, Wendy broke her silence on Monday, November 8 in an Instagram post.
“As everyone knows, my health has been a hot topic…I’m making progress but it’s just one of those things that’s taking longer than we expected,” Williams said.
“I’m a woman of a certain age, and I know enough to listen to my doctors and will return to my purple chair as soon as we all agree I’m ready.”
With Wendy Williams absent from her own program, insiders reported that Sherri Shepherd was in talks to replace Wendy permanently.
At the time, sources close to the situation told The U.S. Sun that Shepherd was already in talks to take over.
“Sherri is the frontrunner, and staff think it’s all but a done deal with her,” said the insider.
“The deal will be done in the next few weeks and announced in January.”
SHERRI’S NEW SHOW
On February 8, 2022, TMZ reported Sherri Shepherd is replacing Wendy Williams in September.
At the time, the outlet reported the deal is almost sealed for Sherri to takeover for Wendy on her titular show, but would leave an option for Wendy to return depending on her health.
Weeks later on Tuesday, February 22, Sherri took another guest-hosting turn on The Wendy Williams Show.
At the top of the episode, the guest host made a declaration to the viewers which ultimately proved the reports and speculation to be correct.
Sherri said: “I have some big news for you. I’m very excited to tell you…”
“I am getting married! I’m just kidding, I’m not getting married.
“No, it’s not quite a wedding – but it is good news because starting in September I am debuting my own talk show, Sherri!”
The actress added: “I am so excited because I am going to be joining the Deb-Mar Mercury family – that is the company that produces this show and several others that you love.
“I do want to say about all of the crazy stories online about me replacing Wendy, I am here to tell you that is not true because no one can replace the queen – nobody – and trust me, I am not trying to at all.”
Sherri stated: “But I am so excited for you to go on this Sherri Show journey with me this September.
“Sherri Show is going to look different and it’s going to feel different.”
The Sherri Show debuted on Monday, September 12, 2022.