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Sherri Shepherd Talks 3000th Episode Of "The View"
|September 23, 2010 Katherine Heigl, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Barbara Walters, Bill Clinton, Colin Powell, The View|
Sherri Shepherd was the final ingredient added to "The View," the high-rated, ultra-popular and more relevant than ever daytime talk show which took the water cooler conversation, gave it a twist, and took it to the next level. Shepherd was the last host to officially climb on board back in 2007 and the show is now celebrating its 3000th episode, of which she's only been present for the last few hundred.
But don't count her out. Shepherd might be the most relatable woman on the panel, the everyday woman for the show which is supposed to cater to everyday women. She admits to her rocky start and is all the better for it. Years later, Shepherd dishes out her commanding opinions with unabashed wit and holds her own in a way amongst the other ladies in a way no one who saw her wonder if the world was flat or round would've expected.
She's also still a sought-after comedian, with a recurring role on NBC's "30 Rock" as Angie Jordan, the host of GSN's new "Newlywed Game" show, and movie roles, including playing a hooker in the upcoming "One For the Money" with Katherine Heigl. But while she'll be more in view than ever, she's hoping to keep her seat at "The View" roundtable for years to come.
AHN: "The View" is coming up on its 3000th show. You joined the show when it was at the height of its popularity just three years ago, but what do you think when you hear that number?
SS: I'm very honored to be a part of this show. I'm very grateful to Barbara Walters for seeing something in me and wanting to make me a part of the show and for investing so much time in me because, you know, my first year was a little rocky. But I'm so thankful for Barbara and Bill Geddie for working with me. I'm just excited to be a part of it.
AHN: Compared to your first rocky year to today, do you feel like you've changed after being part of "The View"?
SS: Absolutely. I think I've grown a lot. When I first came on the show, I didn't know about a lot of the topics that we talked about politics because I had never voted. I've been challenged by these women. Barbara challenges me, as do Elisabeth and Joy, so I think I've definitely grown and it's an experience I'm really glad that I took on.
AHN: What do you think it is about the show that's kept it such a hit and even more of a hit today than it was when it first debuted?
SS: I feel like women have really come to rely on "The View." We give the everyday women a little bit of everything she needs and wants. She gets politics, she gets entertainment, she gets Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, but also General Colin Powell and President Obama on the couch. I think for every woman or man that watches "The View," there's somebody at that table that they can really relate to.
I think people try to copy our show, you know, God bless them. But I don't think people give enough credit to Barbara and Bill Geddie for what they created and the chemistry of the women they put together.
AHN: When you and Elisabeth get heated, you flip your head so fast at her and your hair goes flying. Someone's gonna get hit in the face.
SS: (Laughing) Joy's already been hit in the face by my wig more times than I would think is okay.
AHN: So what happens under the table after you guys have a heated discussion? Is there a foot tap of acknowledgement?
SS: We'll squeeze each other's leg, you know, to give moral support. We've all been together for three years so we're in a groove now.
AHN: How are you all celebrating the 3000th show?
SS: I think they're surprising us with some stuff. We'll have big clip packages, the hottest hot topics over the years, Tina Fey is coming on. It's t's exciting.
AHN: What is it like working with Whoopi Goldberg, who you've admired for such a long time?
SS: Being a stand-up comic, Whoopi was always one of my idols. I'm living the dream. What kind of person gets to sit everyday next to their idol. Whoopi will say to me, "Wipe the brown off your nose, Sherri." But it's not that. I've idolized her for so long and I'm such a fan of her work. I look to the left of me and there's a woman who's interviewed everyone, and then I look to the right and there's my comedy idol, and I got a women right next to me who makes me laugh so much at her raunch jokes, and then another one who I admire so much because she stands up for what she believes. I think, wow I'm just the luckiest woman in the world.
AHN: Joy and Barbara have done the show for so many years. Is The View something you could see yourself doing for that long?
SS: I don't want to jinx anything but I would do it for as long as the ladies will have me.
AHN: What was it like having President Obama on the couch this summer?
SS: It was overwhelming. I support him as our President and as an African-American woman, and to see a black man sitting on the couch as President, it was very overwhelming. I thought about my grandmother who passed before she could see it and this was what she fought for in the civil rights movement. And when he said he had Jay-Z on his iPod, I was just like, "AHHHH!" (laughing) I was proud. I'm so proud.
AHN: Who's been your favorite guest on the View?
SS: Bill Clinton, because he's seen a movie of mine that nobody watched and he saw it about 2 or 3 times.
AHN: What movie was that?
SS: "Who's Your Caddy." To hear President Clinton say, "I love that movie. You were so funny," I almost passed out.
The 3000th episode of "The View" airs Thursday, September 23rd on ABC. Check your local listings for times.
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