Sherri Shepherd

Sherri Shepherd Biography

Sherri Evonne Shepherd (born April 22, 1967) is an American comedienne, actress, and television personality. She is one of five co-hosts on the ABC daytime talkshow The View, currently hosts the Newlywed Game, and had a recurring role as Angie Jordan on the NBC series 30 Rock. As an actress, she has starred in the sitcom Less than Perfect and her own sitcom Sherri on Lifetime. Shepherd previously had a recurring role on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond as police Sgt. Judy Potterbrother, the partner of officer Robert Barone.

Early life

Shepherd was born in Chicago to Lawrence A. Shepherd (born 1943) and LaVerne Shepherd (1941-1991) as the eldest of three sisters. When she was 11, her family moved to Hoffman Estates, a Chicago northwest suburb. She attended Winston Churchill Elementary School and Eisenhower Junior High School of Community Consolidated School District 54 and Hoffman Estates High School of District 211.



Shepherd worked a day job as a legal secretary while doing stand-up comedy at night. Her first TV role was on the show Cleghorne!, starring former Saturday Night Live cast member Ellen Cleghorne. Three years later, Shepherd pursued acting and stand-up comedy full-time, working again as a legal secretary for a day job. She had guest and recurring roles on Everybody Loves Raymond and Living Single as well as regular roles on Suddenly Susan and The Jamie Foxx Show. Perhaps her most successful role prior to The View was playing the main character of Ramona Platt (2002-2006) on the comedy Less than Perfect. In 2009 she starred for one season in Lifetime Television's Sherri, a sitcom about Shepherd's life.

Shepherd has branched out to film, with roles in Guess Who, Beauty Shop, Cellular, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Academy Award-winning film Precious. Her most recent film role is as Lula in One for the Money, starring Katherine Heigl. She still performs stand-up comedy at Los Angeles area clubs like the Comedy Store and the Laugh Factory, although she lives in New York. She has also been a frequent and popular guest on Ellen DeGeneres's syndicated daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, for which she holds a record for being on the show the greatest number of times. She also had a recurring role on 30 Rock as Angie Jordan, and she has appeared as a special guest host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Co-host on The View

In 2006, Sherri Shepherd became a frequent guest co-host on ABC's The View. She eventually became a permanent co-host on Monday, September 10, 2007. She co-hosted the 35th Daytime Emmy Awards on June 20, 2008. Her fellow co-host was All My Children star Cameron Mathison. Shepherd was nominated for her first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host.

On May 14, 2009, she was nominated again for her second Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host, when nominations for 36th Daytime Emmy Awards were announced on the Today Show. Shepherd won her first Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host that year.

Criticized statements

Shepherd was criticized heavily after the September 18, 2007, broadcast of The View, in which 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. Shepherd later referred to her statement as a "brain fart" brought on by nerves and the following exchange between Barbara Walters and Sherri Shepherd occurred after that particularly embarrassing episode: Walters said, "Dear, the Earth is round", and Shepherd responded with: "Barbara, I know that!"

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."

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." In January 2008, Sherri referred to R&B/gospel singer Shirley Caesar as "the black Patti LaBelle." LaBelle, like Caesar, is black.


Shepherd authored the book Permission Slips: Every Woman's Guide to Giving Herself a Break, published in October 2009.

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 professional partner was announced as Val Chmerkovskiy, however the couple were eliminated on the fourth week of competition.

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

Personal life

In 2001, Shepherd married comedian Jeff Tarpley (also referred to as Jeff T. Aware). Their only child, Jeffrey, was born in April 2005. Previously, Shepherd had announced that she was expecting fraternal twins (one boy, one girl), but miscarried her daughter, and instead gave birth three months prematurely. The couple separated in 2006 and divorced in 2009 after she discovered Tarpley was having an affair, an event that inspired her sitcom Sherri.

Shepherd got engaged on December 26, 2010, to TV writer Lamar Sally, whom she had been seeing for over a year. They were wed on August 13, 2011, at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Shepherd's eight bridesmaids included The View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, comedian Niecy Nash, Community's Yvette Nicole Brown, and comedian, actress Kym Whitley. Shepherd's son Jeffrey walked her down the aisle.

A devout Christian, she has stated about the role God has played in her life and career: "If I didn't have God, I would have been dead." She has mentioned on The View that she is opposed to same-sex marriage as her faith prohibits such unions.

Shepherd has admitted to having "many abortions".

She suffers from type 2 diabetes after having had pre-diabetes for years.



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)
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 Finally Famous


Year Title Role Episodes Notes
1995 Cleghorne! Victoria 6 episodes
1997 Claude's Crib Lorene 1 episode
1997 Living Single Comedienne 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 unknown 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-present 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 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Herself 9 episodes
2007-2010 Entertainment Tonight Herself 25 episodes
2007, 2009-2013 30 Rock Angie Jordan 11 episodes
2007, 2009 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Herself 3 episodes
2008 Entourage Herself 1 episode
2008-2013 Rachael Ray Herself 8 episode
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 Herself Hosted 5 episodes
2010 The Electric Company Herself 1 episode
2010 82nd Academy Awards Herself Red Carpet co-host
2010 The Emeril Lagasse Show Herself 1 episode
2010 Nickelodeon MegaMusic Fest Herself 1 episode
2010-present Newlywed Game Herself 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 episodes
2011 GMA Dove Award Herself 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 Celebrates 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 Wendy Williams Show Herself 3 episode
2012 The Colbert Report Herself 1 episode
2012 Dancing With The Stars Herself 8 episodes Contestant
2012 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Herself 1 episode
2012, 2013 The Chew Herself 1 episode
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-present How I Met Your Mother Daphney Season 9,


Year Title Role
2010 Love, Loss and What I Wore herself
2012 Newsies herself

Awards and nominations

Daytime Emmy Award

  • 2008 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host(s) (The View)
  • 2009 Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host(s) (The View)
  • 2010 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host(s) (The View)
  • 2011 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host(s) (The View)
  • 2012 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host(s) (The View)
  • 2013 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host(s) (The View)
Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • 2010 Nomination for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Precious (Shared with rest of cast)
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards

  • 2009 Nomination for Best Ensemble, Precious (Shared with rest of cast)
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

  • 2009 Award for Best Ensemble Cast (Precious)
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

  • 2010 Nomination for Best Acting Ensemble, Precious (Shared with rest of cast)
Black Reel Awards

  • 2010 Nomination for Best Ensemble Cast, Precious (Shared with rest of cast)
BET Comedy Awards

  • 2005 Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Less than Perfect)
NAACP Image Awards

  • 2009 Award for Outstanding Talk Series (The View)
  • 2010 Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (Sherri)
  • 2010 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Series (The View)
  • 2011 Award for Outstanding Talk Series (The View)
Gracie Awards

  • 2010 Award for Leading Actress in a Comedy Series (Sherri)
Braveheart Awards

  • 2010 Powerful Women in Hollywood

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