Sherri Shepherd Leaving The View
Shepherd says in a statement:
“It’s been seven wonderful years on The View and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on. I am extremely grateful to Barbara Walters and Bill Gedde for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to the business opportunities that lay ahead for me and I am incredibly grateful to my View family and my fans for supporting me on this journey.”
A source close to the situation tells Gossip Cop that ABC and the TV personality could not reach a new contract deal after protracted negotiations. Shepherd, previously best known as an actress and comedienne, joined the morning talk show in 2007.
Her exit comes one month after Walters’ retirement. Former colleagues Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck both left the series last year, with Walters later saying she wanted to “shake up” the panel, and possibly add a male co-host and a conservative voice.
In May, it was erroneously reported that Whoopi Goldberg was quitting the program, but she is still expected to stay on. A rep for “The View” would not comment. Gossip Cop will have updates.