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"The View" co-host Sheri Shepherd gets engaged.

January 5, 2011 Michael Jackson, Niecy Nash, Chicago, The View

When ABC's "The View" returns from a holiday hiatus, co-host Sheri Shepherd will have some big news to share: she's engaged.

The 43-year-old comedienne and actress, who joined the daytime talk show as a permanent co-host in 2007, is getting married to television writer Lamar Sally, according to the show's website.

The couple has been dating for over a year and was introduced by the fiancé of Shepherd's long-time friend and actress Niecy Nash.

"Upon arriving back to Lamar's home in Los Angeles from a trip to San Diego, Sherri was surprised to find their accommodations had been decorated with lights by one of Sal's best friends, her dog was wearing a Santa beard and hat, and, in the middle of a dish of Sherri's favorite but forbidden M&M's (she is diabetic), was a tiny little box," the rep confirmed in the statement.

Before Sally proposed on December 26, he had one small thing in his way -- Shepherd's pint-size son, Jeffrey.

"The 5-year-old was not above a bribe, which came from Sal in the form of Michael Jackson's Wii game," the statement read on. "That guaranteed immediate approval from Jeffrey. With that, Sal, took a knee and popped the question."

The two are planning an August wedding in Chicago, but Shepherd is expected to dish on the details when the show returns on Monday, January 10th.

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