Why Sherri Shepherd is still so thankful for "The View," five years after leaving the show

“I don't run from it. I'm so thankful for it,” Sherri Shepherd, former co-host of “The View,” said while reflecting on her time on the Barbra Walters creation that transformed daytime TV. Shepherd, who appeared on “The View” from 2007 to 2014 and won an Emmy Award for outstanding talk show host, opened up on “Salon Talks” about why the show has been a success for over 20 years.

“Barbara Walters was just brilliant in bringing it to the screen. Literally to keep it on the air, she had to call affiliates all over the country and beg them to carry ‘The View.’ She fought for that show,” Shepherd said.

Shepherd noted that she particularly appreciated Walters for recognizing that black women have different stories to tell. “She brought two black women on the show because she knew that Whoopi and I were from two different generations and we had two different viewpoints. We clashed a lot on the show, Whoopi and I,” she said.

Watch the full episode to hear about how Shepherd’s new role as a high school principal on the Netflix comedy show “Mr. Iglesias” reminds her of herself. “She’s been married twice, she’s been divorced twice, and she’s looking for love,” Shepherd shares about her character.

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