Nearly a year since leaving The View, Sherri Shepherd has signed a deal to return to the daytime talk show as a lead contributor for the upcoming 19th season. She is expected to appear in about 50 episodes, according to Deadline.
Shepherd’s return is the result of the show undergoing several creative changes, as ABC is looking to reignite the show’s ratings. Raven-Symone and Michelle Collins recently joined longtime co-host Whoopi Goldberg following the announced departures of Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace.
“Full House” alum Candace Cameron Bure and Good Morning America Weekend co-anchor Paula Faris are also nearing deals to join “The View.” An announcement regarding on-air talent is expected after the end of the season, which wraps next week.
Shepherd spent seven seasons on the show and received an Emmy for her hosting duties. She left last August after failing to agree on contract terms with ABC. Barbara Walters left the show the same time, and since then “The View” has suffered from low ratings.
Sherri stayed busy during her post-“The View” life. She did a stand-up tour and made her Broadway debut in Roger and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” as the first black actress to play the Evil Stepmother. She also appeared in “Top Five” and she joined the cast of the TV Land comedy “The Soul Man.” She filmed co-starring roles in the upcoming films “Ride Along 2” and “Woodlawn,” and “Holy & Hungry” is a new series that she stars in and will executive produce for The Cooking Channel. It premieres August 23.
Earlier this month, Shepherd finally settled her nasty divorce with Lamar Sally and the financial fight over their baby born via surrogate last summer. She was ordered to pay $4,100 per month in child support for 10 month-old son Lamar Jr. until the child turns 13, at which point her payments will increase to $4,600, TMZ reports.
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