When door closes, another door opens!
This month, Sherri Shepherd has been filling in as the guest host on The Wendy Williams Show as the titular star deals with complications from Graves disease. And though Fox just announced that the series would be coming to an end after 12 seasons, the network also revealed that Shepherd would be the star of a new show that will be filling the time slot!
"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," stated the production company's co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein. "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."
To say that the star is ready for her new gig would be an understatement.
"OMG! I am so excited to have my dream come true and debut my very own talk show SHERRI in the fall. I can't wait until I return to NY to host the show and merge everything I love…pop culture, talk, entertainment and comedy," she gushed. "I am thankful to Debmar-Mercury and FOX for partnering with me on this show and look forward to this new journey."
Williams' rep Howard Bragman released a statement after Fox announced the changes.
"She is incredibly grateful to [production company] Debmar-Mercury, to Sherri and everybody else who has supported the show through this time. She, more than anyone, understands the reality of syndicated television — you can’t go to the marketplace and sell a show that’s the Maybe Wendy Show," acknowledged Bragman. "She understands why this decision was made from a business point of view, and she has been assured by Debmar-Mercury that should her health get to a point where she can host again and should her desire be that she hosts again that she would be back on TV at that time."
Sherri is slated to premiere this fall.