Sherri Shepherd

Sherri Shepherd

Sherri Shepherd, May 27, 2010
Born Sherri Evonne Shepherd
(1967-04-22) April 22, 1967
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Author
Television personality
Years active 1995–present
Religion Christianity
Children 2

Sherri Evonne Shepherd (born April 22, 1967)[1][2] is an American comedian, actress, author, and television personality. She first became recognized for recurring roles on the sitcoms Suddenly Susan, Everybody Loves Raymond and The Jamie Foxx Show before starring as Ramona Platt on the ABC sitcom Less than Perfect from 2002 to 2006, for which she was well received and was nominated for the BET Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2005.

From 2007 to 2014, Shepherd was a co-host on The View, for which she received multiple Daytime Emmy Award nominations, winning one in 2009. In 2009, she starred in a sitcom of her own on Lifetime, Sherri, which was cancelled after one season, and also published the novel Permission Slips: Every Woman's Guide to Giving Herself a Break. Shepherd also hosts Nickelodeon's NickMom Night Out special,[3] and has appeared on Broadway in Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical production of Cinderella. In 2012, she appeared as a celebrity contestant on the fourteenth season of Dancing with the Stars.

Early life

Shepherd was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of LaVerne (d. 1991) and Lawrence A. Shepherd (born c. 1947), a church deacon.[4] She is the eldest of three sisters.[4]



As of 2015, a project includes a line of wigs and hair add-ins.[5]


In 2009, she starred for one season in Lifetime Television's Sherri, a sitcom about Shepherd's life.[6]

Shepherd has appeared as a special guest host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.[7]

She appeared as Daphne in How I Met Your Mother.

Television personality

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 was a frequent guest co-host on ABC's The View. She was a permanent co-host from 2007 to 2014. She received several awards for her work on the show. Since leaving The View in 2014, Shepherd has continued to make several appearances on the show as a guest host and "lead contributor" throughout 2015 and 2016.[8]

She co-hosted the 35th Daytime Emmy Awards on June 20, 2008.

On-camera flubs

Shepherd was criticized after one 2007 broadcast of The View.[9] The show was often filmed "live", with little or no editing. 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.[10] Shepherd later referred to her statement as a "brain fart" brought on by nerves. Barbara Walters and Shepherd talked after that episode: Walters said, "Dear, the Earth is round", and Shepherd responded with: "Barbara, I know that!"[11][12]

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."[13][14]

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."[15] In January 2008, Sherri referred to Gospel singer Shirley Caesar as "the black Patti LaBelle." LaBelle, like Caesar, is black.[16]

Sherri said, "I was taught not to confront and interrupt people, but that's what I do every day on The View." [17]


Shepherd wrote the book Permission Slips: Every Woman's Guide to Giving Herself a Break, published in October 2009.[18] Shepherd also has a co-author credit on Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes, published in 2013.

Dancing with the Stars

In March 2012, Shepherd participated as a celebrity contestant on the fourteenth season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Her dance partner was Val Chmerkovskiy. The dancing team lasted several weeks.

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Sherry" 8 7 8 No Elimination
2 Jive / "Proud Mary" 8 7 8 Safe
3 Rumba / "If I Could" 8 8 8 Safe
4 Tango / "Come On Feel the Noise" 7 7 7 Eliminated


Sherri raises funds for the YAI Sherri Shepherd "Believe in Abilities" Fund.[19]

YAI [20] organization encourages autistic and developmentally challenged children to participate in life.

Fundraising efforts include asking members to donate unused AMEX Membership Rewards points.[21][22]

Personal life

Shepherd was previously married to Jeff Tarpley. Their son Jeffrey was delivered prematurely.[4]

TV writer Lamar Sally proposed to Shepherd on December 26, 2010.[23] They married in August 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, and in September 2012, Shepherd said the couple was searching for a surrogate in order to have a child.[24] Sally filed for separation on May 2, 2014, and Shepherd filed for divorce days later.[25] In July 2014, Sally petitioned a Los Angeles court for full legal and physical custody of the child expected via surrogacy,[26] who was born in August 2014.[27] On April 21, 2015, a Pennsylvania court ruled Shepherd is the legal parent of a child born from a surrogate mother. The child has no DNA link to Shepherd.[28]

Shepherd has type 2 diabetes[29] after having had pre-diabetes for years.[30]

A devout Christian, Shepherd discussed the role God has played in her life and career, stating "If I didn't have God, I would have been dead."[31]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 King of the Open Mics Marci
2003 Pauly Shore Is Dead Herself
2004 Cellular Jaded Cashier
2005 Beauty Shop Ida
2005 Guess Who Sydney
2007 Who's Your Caddy Lady G
2007 Transformers Big Rhonda (IMAX re-release version only)[32]
2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Florrie Animated; voice
2009 Madea Goes to Jail Herself
2009 Precious Cornrows Boston 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
2011 Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son Beverly Townsend
2012 One for the Money Lula
2012 Abducted: The Carlina White Story Joy White
2012 Think Like a Man Vicki
2014 Top Five Vanessa
2015 Woodlawn Momma Nathan
2016 Ride Along 2 Cori


Year Title Role Episodes Notes
1995 Cleghorne! Victoria 6 episodes
1997 Claude's Crib Lorene 1 episode
1997 Living Single Comedian 1 episode
1997, 1999–2000 Suddenly Susan Roni, Miranda Charles 23 episodes
1998 Friends Rhonda, The Tour Guide 1 episode
1998–1999 Holding the Baby Miss Boggs 8 episodes
1998–2003 Everybody Loves Raymond Officer Judy Roseman 9 episodes
1999–2001 The Jamie Foxx Show Sheila Yarborough 10 episodes
2000 The Trouble with Normal Nina 1 episode
2001 Emeril Melva LeBlanc 11 episodes
2001 Rendez View Herself 1 episode
2002 Holla Herself 1 episode
2002 Men, Women & Dogs Dr. Michaels 1 episode
2002 My Adventures in Television Joanna Walker 8 episodes
2002–2004 Pyramid Herself 3 episodes
2002–2006 Less than Perfect Ramona Platt 79 episodes Nominated - BET Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
2003 Joan of Arcadia MVA Clerk Good 1 episode
2003–2004 Hollywood Squares Herself 30 episodes
2003–2005 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Herself 3 episodes
2004 50 Most Outrageous Moments on TV Herself 1 episode
2004 My Coolest Years Herself Multiple episodes
2004 E! 101 Most Awesome Moments in Entertainment Herself 1 episode
2004 The Sharon Osbourne Show Herself 1 episode
2004 The Wayne Brady Show Herself 1 episode
2004–2006 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Cheryl/Meryl (voice) 17 episodes
2004–2006 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Herself 9 episodes
2004–2005, 2007 Kim Possible M.C Honey (voice) 3 episodes
2005 Big Time Herself 1 episode
2006 Capitol Law Glynda Johnson TV pilot
2006 The Megan Mullally Show Herself 1 episode
2007–2014, 2016 The View Herself 600 episodes Daytime 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)
2007 The Wedding Bells Debbie Quill 4 episodes
2007 Wheel of Fortune Herself 1 episode
2007–2008, 2012, 2013, 2014 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Herself 10 episodes
2007–2014 Entertainment Tonight Herself 32 episodes
2007, 2009–2012 30 Rock Angie Jordan 11 episodes
2007, 2009 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Herself 3 episodes
2008 Entourage Herself 1 episode
2008–2014 Rachael Ray Herself 9 episodes
2009 Larry King Live Herself 2 episodes
2009 Sherri Sherri Robinson 13 episodes Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Female Lead in a Comedy Series
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
2009 The Bonnie Hunt Show Herself 2 episodes
2009, 2011 The Joy Behar Show Herself 2 episodes
2009 The Mo'Nique Show Herself 1 episode
2009 WWE Raw Herself 1 episode
2009 WWE Smackdown Herself 1 episode
2009, 2011 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Guest Host 5 episodes
2010 The Electric Company Herself 1 episode
2010 82nd Academy Awards Red Carpet Commentator
2010 The Emeril Lagasse Show Herself 1 episode
2010 Nickelodeon MegaMusic Fest Herself 1 episode
2010–2013 Newlywed Game Host 195 episodes
2010, 2011 The Nate Berkus Show Herself 1 episode
2010 Celebrity Holiday Homes Herself 1 episode
2010 Sesame Street Herself 1 episode
2010 WWE Tribute to the Troops Herself 1 episode
2011 Hot in Cleveland Judge Lesser 2 episodes
2011 The Oprah Winfrey Show Herself 1 episode
2011 GMA Dove Award Host
2011 Season 25: Oprah Behind The Scenes Herself
2011 38th Daytime Emmy Awards Herself Presenter
2011 Neicy Nash Wedding Bash Herself
2011 The Early Show Herself 1 episode
2011 VH1 Divas Celebrate Soul Herself Presenter
2011 Wedding Fabulous: Sherri Shepherd Gets Married Herself
2011 Top 10 Wedding of 2011 Herself
2012 The Daily Show Herself 1 episode
2012, 2013, 2014 Wendy Williams Show Herself 4 episodes
2012 The Colbert Report Herself 1 episode
2012 Dancing With The Stars Herself 8 episodes Contestant
2012 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Herself 1 episode
2012, 2015 The Soul Man Nikki 11 episodes Guest Season 1, recurring Season 4
2012, 2013 The Chew Herself 1 episode
2013 The Home and Family Show Herself 1 episode
2013 Watch What Happens Live Herself 2 episodes
2013 Good Day L.A. Herself 1 episode
2013 The Steve Harvey Show Herself 1 episode
2013 The Dr. Oz Show Herself 1 episode
2013 The Chew Herself 1 episode
2013 Showbiz Tonight Herself 1 episode
2013 How I Met Your Mother Daphne 8 episodes Season 9 [33]
2013 The Arsenio Hall Show Herself 1 episode
2013 Fox and Friends Herself 2 episodes
2013–2014 NickMom Night Out Host 23 episodes
2014 The Mommy Show Herself 1 episode
2014 Nashville Herself 1 episode
2014 Extreme Weight Loss Herself-Guest 1 episode
2014 E!News Herself 1 episode
2014 The Insider Herself 2 episodes
2014 Celebrity Name Game Herself 1 episode
2014 The Meredith Vieira Show Herself 1 episode
2014 QVC Herself Ongoing Spokesperson for Sherri Shepherd™ LUXHAIR™ Wigs
2014, 2016 Steve Harvey Herself 2 episode
2015–present K.C. Undercover Agent Beverly 3 episodes
2015 Tanked Herself 1 episode
2016 The $100,000 Pyramid Herself (celebrity guest) 1 episode Sherri Shepherd vs. Anthony Anderson


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella Madame, the Evil Stepmother Broadway musical

Awards and nominations

Daytime Emmy Award and Nominations

People's Choice Award Nomination

Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination

Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award Nomination

Boston Society of Film Critics Award

Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Nomination

Black Reel Award Nomination

BET Comedy Award Nomination

NAACP Image Awards and Nominations

Gracie Award

Braveheart Award


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