Co-host says that “it is time for me to move on”
The revolving door at “The View” continues to spin.
Sherri Shepherd, co-host of the ABC daytime series, is exiting the show, a spokeswoman for Shepherd told TheWrap on Thursday. Shepherd will follow Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Barbara Walters and a long line of hostesses who've come and gone on the show.
“It's been seven wonderful years on The View and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on. I am extremely grateful to Barbara Walters and [executive producer] Bill Geddie for giving me the opportunity,” Shepherd said in a statement. “I look forward to the business opportunities that lay ahead for me and I am incredibly grateful to my ‘View’ family and my fans for supporting me on this journey.”
Shepherd began guest co-hosting on “The View” in 2006, and became a regular co-host the following year.
The news of her departure comes a month after longtime “View” personality Barbara Walters exited the series, and amid reports that Jenny McCarthy, who came aboard last year, is also on her way out.
TMZ reports that Geddie, who has been with the series since it launched in 1997, may also be on the chopping block.
Shepherd did not specify when her stint on “The View” would end but her departure comes amid a series of personal challenges.
On May 12, she filed from divorce from Lamar Sally, her husband of three years, citing “irreconcilable differences.” The divorce filing came ten days after Sally filed for legal separation, and requested custody of the couple's unborn child, which will arrive later this year via surrogate.
Shepherd is also battling ex husband Jeff Tarpley for custody of their nine-year-old son Jeffrey. Tarpley alleged in court papers that Shepherd has neglected their son due to her busy work schedule. Shepherd is scheduled to appear in court opposite Tarpley on July 21. Meanwhile her custody battle with Sally is ongoing.