After seven years, today was Sherri Shepherd’s last day on The View. She had a wonderful send off, with invited guests, Arsenio Hall (who clearly still needs to be on TV), her gospel favorites, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin and Donnie McClurkin, topped off with a performance by Bell Biv DeVoe!
Sherri makes her exit from the talk show amid a great amount of personal drama. She is going through her second divorce from that man Sal, who she’s claimed defrauded her and stolen from her. And simultaneously, she has been fending off claims from her first husband, who has fought her for custody of their son Jeffrey. Damn, damn, damn. But through it all, I have to say, Sherri has held her head high, and walked tall.
Sherri gave a touching speech about her time on The View, enduring public criticism from people like Bill O’Reilly who she said called her a pin head. Harsh! I have definitely questioned Sherri’s qualifications to be at a roundtable providing commentary and analysis on (at one time) complex social and political issues. I have also disagreed with her outlook on certain matters. However, over the past few years I believe Sherri has grown and found her voice.
Yes, it took some time for Sherri to find her footing on the show. And frankly, I always felt that initially, she was used to be the show’s comic relief, doing segments that made her look a bit clownish. Real talk. But over the past few years I think Sherri stepped up her game, and was able to contribute more substantively to conversations. I appreciated her honesty about how she had to learn, and prepare herself to be able to speak publicly on topics she never had before. I also believe something went on behind the scenes, where Sherri was no longer being put in a position to be a comedic prop-whether it was a decision on the part of the producers, or her own.
It was great to see some of Sherri’s stellar moments on the show. I personally enjoyed seeing Prince. If Prince told me he loved me, in that voice, I’d fall straight out. And that time Janet Jackson surprised Sherri on the show was amazing. I also loved what how Sherri’s guests and friends contributed to her last day.
Gospel artists Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin and Donnie McClurkin first sat on the couch and sang Sherri’s praises. McClurkin shared how Sherri sat with him in the emergency room for hours. Adams recounted the strength of their sisterhood throughout their own personal trials. Franklin talked about meeting Sherri at the Essence Music Festival, and implied his view of the stage was blocked by her boobage! LOL! The trio gathered at the piano and performed a simple, yet moving song about friends. It was beautiful. Then, it was time for Bell Biv DeVoe!
BBD came out and rocked it, performing their timeless hit, Poison. THIS SONG IS 24 YEARS OLD AND STILL GETS THE CROWD HYPED!!! Mike, Ricky and Ronnie, who totally trumps Pharrell’s vampire game with his eternally youthful look, got the crowd on its feet!
It was a great sendoff for Sherri, full of fun, laughs and love. The part where I actually got teary is when Jeffrey, Sherri’s son signed off, telling us all to, “Take a little time to enjoy the view.” I love it when Sherri would speak of her son and how they triumphed over doctors’ predictions about his health. Those were always touching moments.
Sherri is actually a good actor, and I have no doubt The View is not the end of the road for this talent. As McClurkin so perceptively pointed out, Sherri’s next step is already in place, as it has been numerous times before. Sherri had a great career before The View, and she will continue to flourish. And Whoopi was right, the table won't be the same without her. I wish Sherri all the best in her career and in her personal battles. She has grown, and proved herself worthy of her time at the table.
Did you watch Sherri’s last day on The View? What did you think?