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Sherri Shepherd Gets Talk Show in 'The Wendy Williams Show' Time Slot

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It became official on Tuesday, February 22, when a spokesperson for Wendy Williams confirmed what a lot of people had been suspecting. According to CNN, The Wendy Williams Show is coming to an end after 14 seasons.

Sherri Shepherd, who has been filling in for Wendy along with other celebrity guests, has been named not to replace Wendy permanently, but to have her very own talk show in that time slot.

Sherri and the other guest hosts will continue their turns on The Wendy Williams Show for the remainder of this 14th season. There will not be a 15th season of The Wendy Williams Show. Instead, the Sherri show will premiere in September 2022.

Wendy Williams' Reaction

Howard Bragman, Wendy's rep said in a statement that it has been a challenging time for Wendy as she has been absent for two seasons from the show that bears her name. She is still not well enough to return as she has been dealing with health issues, including COVID-19 and ongoing complications from Graves disease.

According to Wendy's rep, "Wendy is incredibly grateful to Debmar-Mercury, to Sherri and everybody else who has supported the show through this time,”

Bragman added that Wendy understands the reality of syndicated television, and she understands why that decision was made from a business standpoint. Debmar-Mercury has assured Wendy that if her health gets to a point where she can host again and her desire is to host again she could be back on television at that time.

In 2021, a biopic about her life, Wendy Williams: The Movie, debuted on Lifetime with a timeline about her journey to the purple chair. Her entertainment career started in radio before she started her talk show in 2008.

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Williams endorsed Shepherd as her interim replacement earlier this month. At the time, Wendy was still holding out hope that she would be able to return to her show for a 15th season.

Sherri Shepherd's Reaction

Be it known that Sherri will not be replacing Wendy. While filling in for Wendy on Tuesday, Sherri made the announcement herself to the live and viewing audiences. She was emotional and gave a few details about the transition in addition to a personal testimony at the end of the announcement. (See the above video about the announcement).

  • Shepherd’s new show will be called Sherri.
  • The new show will debut in September 2022.
  • Sherri's show will be on Fox owned-and-operated stations just as The Wendy Williams Show has been.
  • Sherri is expected to bring her own unique style with a different format instead of being locked into the format she used while substituting for Wendy.
  • Sherri will talk about pop culture, entertainment, and comedy.
  • Sherri's show will be distributed by Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury.
  • Showrunner David Perler will continue in his same position as executive producer on Sherri.
  • Sherri will be one of the producers along with Perler and Jawn Murray.

Why Sherri Shephard and Not One of the Other Guest Hosts?

Sherri has more talk show experience than any of the other guest hosts. She was previously a co-host on The View from 2007 to 2014. She is a current co-host of the Fox daytime talker Dish Nation.

Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein said in a joint statement:

“Sherri is a natural who proved her hosting skills for many years as a panelist on The View, on Fox’s Dish Nation and again this season as a popular guest host of Wendy. Like our viewers, we have been impressed by the unique comedic twist Sherri puts on our daily live ‘Hot Topics’ segment, her creativity and interactions with our guests. Her love for the content and daytime fans is obvious, and we are excited to partner with her to create another long-term talk franchise.”

Marcus and Bernstein said that this transition is a bitter-sweet moment for them and for their partners at Fox. They realize that Wendy's first priority is to get well. The co-presidents held off as long as they could, but they believe it is the best for fans, viewers, stations, and their advertising partners that they begin to make this transition now. They continued to wish Wendy a speedy and full recovery and they hope to work with her again in the future.

Frank Cicha, executive VP programming for Fox Television Stations added his statement by saying, “Sherri is the perfect choice for this. Her appeal to our audience is clear, plus she’s already a member of the FTS family as host of Dish Nation.”


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