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UPDATE: Sherri Shepherd Says The Bible Showed Her It Was Time To Exit ‘The View’, Thanks Producers, Cast — And Name-Drops Oprah (Video)
UPDATED WITH VIDEO: “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,” Sherri Shepherd said modestly at the top of The View broadcast this morning — the show’s first original episode since Shepherd announced she was leaving, and Jenny McCarthy said “Me too!” — or words to that effect. She continued to hang on to Shepherd’s storyline this morning — literally — at one point clutching Shepherd’s hands and appearing to think Shepherd was referring to her as her mentor, putting Shepherd in the awkward position of having to clarify that she was addressing co-host Whoopi Goldberg.
“I’ve been blessed to interview Barack Obama; Bill Clinton is a a big fan of mine –h e loved that I played a hooker in One for the Money,” Shepherd tearily told viewers. Possibly hinting at where she’s landing next, Shepherd continued, “I get the chance to call Oprah Winfrey a friend, and that’s a long way from being a legal secretary who wanted to tell jokes.”
The Giant Neon Pink Gorilla — the show’s sole surviving co-host Goldberg called it, was addressed at the beginning of the show. McCarthy jumped in with word that the reports of the two exits was rumor only and not true. Roars from the studio audience. “Actually, it’s true – but I love the support!” McCarthy simpered, then added, “After much consideration, …
Friday’s Pre-Taped ‘The View’ Shows Cast In Happier Times – 24 Hours Before Two Announce Their Exits
Hot Topics was wildly off-point this morning on The View which, after last night’s drama is now down to a single surviving co-host: Whoopi Goldberg.
Today’s show was taped Wednesday – one day before Sherri Shepherd told Deadline she was leaving as co-host, after which Jenny McCarthy announced she was walking in solidarity with Shepherd, though sources say the show did not plan to bring her back next season.
Barbara Walters, The View co-exec producer, made her first “guest” appearance on the program since stepping down as a regular, but instead of talking about yesterday’s decimation of show’s cast, she plugged her interview with the father of mass shooter Elliot Rodger, airing tonight on 20/20.
A rep for Sherri Shepherd sent us this statement this afternoon:
“It’s been seven wonderful years on The View and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on. I am extremely grateful to Barbara Walters and Bill Gedde for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to the business opportunities that lay ahead for me and I am incredibly grateful to my View family and my fans for supporting me on this journey.”
Shepherd’s contract was coming up, and the two sides were talking. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, ABC and Shepherd’s camp were “too far apart” on terms of a new deal.
Looks like Jenny McCarthy‘s gone too:
If Sherri goes… I go too. #sisters
— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) June 27, 2014
In April, not long before she stepped down as the show’s on-air Den Mom, Barbara Walters — who remains exec producer — said in various interviews that Shepherd “definitely” was coming back next season, as were McCarthy and Whoopi Goldberg.
ABC declined to comment.
The View has seen its share of co-host changes. Last month, the day before Walters bow out, all 11 The View past and present co-hosts assembled to say so-long, including some who’d left under less than happy circumstances – including Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O’Donnell.
Epix wants to keep its subs laughing as the days get longer. The premium net today announced the lineup for its summer season of Comedy Unbound, featuring new stand-ups by Jim Breuer, Sherri Shepherd and others, which kicks off in June. Then in the fall, Epix will bow The Improv: 50 Years Behind The Brick Wall, an hourlong anniversary special about the venerable comedy clubs that have infiltrated more than two dozen U.S. cities in the past half-century. Expect comments from such punchline-practiced vets as Larry David, Jim Carrey, Judd Apatow, Billy Crystal, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Whitney Cummings. EPs are Improv founder Budd Friedman, Mark Lonow and Spotted Dog Entertainment. The Comedy Unbound specials will air at 10 PM starting June 7 with Jim Breuer: And Laughter For All. They’ll continue with Sherri Shepherd: It’s My Time To Talk (June 21), Tom Papa: Freaked Out (July 26) and Jim Norton: American Degenerate (August 23).
EXCLUSIVE: The View co-host Sherri Shepherd has signed with ICM Partners. She was with CAA. It is a timely signing, with the cast of the ABC daytime talk show very much in the spotlight at the moment following Joy Behar’s announcement that she is departing at the end of the season and amid persistent rumors that Elisabeth Hasselbeck may leave too.