Sherri Shepherd reveals she has not spoken to Wendy Williams since 'Sherri' took over her time slot
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: Sherri Shepherd opened up about her current relationship with Wendy Williams. In a new interview with 'The Breakfast Club, the 'Sherri' host revealed that she hasn't been speaking with Wendy since 'Sherri' took over the time slot of 'The Wendy Williams Show'. Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy asked Sherri if she had a chance to speak to Wendy ever since the replacement that took place. Sherri said, "No," and added, "I didn't get a chance to talk to you [DJ Envy]. I didn't get a chance to talk to you, Charlamagne."
"So, no. There were certain people that I got a chance to talk to. It was Oprah Winfrey," Sherri said, adding that she did not get a chance to talk to Whoopi Goldberg and Ellen DeGeneres either. "So it's very few people that I got to talk to," she said. Sherri also talked about how people compared her to Wendy. Charlamagne asked her, "Did you feel like Wendy's shoes were too big to fill?" to which she replied, "Well, I think so. I think we didn't even wear the same size…shoes."
When asked if she was "afraid" of taking Wendy's place, Sherri said, "No. Because I think you start getting afraid when you start comparing yourself to other people. That's where you get into trouble."
When she joined 'The View' as the newest cast member in 2007 after Star Jones left, Sherri recalled that she had used a similar strategy then and for the next 10 years. "I would have been terrified when I had to take over Star Jones' place on 'The View'. The one thing that I love is Star Jones called me, I was working on '30 Rock' at the time, and she called me to congratulate me and she says, 'Don't try to fill my shoes 'cause you'll never fill my shoes,'" Sherri said.
Sherri took over for Wendy on 'The Wendy Williams Show' a few months before 'Sherri' dropped in September 2022, during the latter's health problems and subsequent absence, as per AceShowbiz.
Fox announced earlier that they would renew 'Sherri'. Expressing her excitement, she said, "I am so thrilled that 'Sherri' has been renewed for two more years. I launched this show with the mission to give daytime viewers a 'good time,' just like my theme song says. I am so appreciative that Fox and Debmar-Mercury have partnered with me to continue bringing more laughter, joy, and inspiration to my audience."