Sherri Shepherd‘s final hour on “The View” was filled with a healthy does of tears, goodbyes and the smiling face of guest host Arensio Hall.
“I’m so extremely and profoundly grateful,” Shepherd told the audience and her fellow co-hosts. “This has been one of the best seven years of my life. I tell people, step out of the fear, because I didn’t want to take this job, because I’m not a prosecutor, I don’t know anything.”
The episode, which ABC pre-taped last week, was also co-host Jenny McCarthy‘s final appearance, though both her and Shepherd’s final live episode aired last Thursday. As TheWrap previously reported, co-host Whoopi Goldberg was absent that day to audition new hosts with Rosie O’Donnell, who is gearing up for a return to “The View.”
Goldberg had nothing but nice thing to say about her departing co-hosts in Monday’s episode: “This is an emotional day for all of us,” she said. “After seven seasons, Sherri is moving on to different, bigger and better things.”
The audience chanted Shepherd’s name over and over again, and then the show played a Shepherd-centric highlights clip, which included several funny moments and big interviews from her previous seven years.
Afterward, Shepherd admitted the road wasn’t always smooth. “I have to say my boss,
“If Barbara didn’t think you could do this, she wouldn’t ask you to be here,” she says Goldberg told her.
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“I’m so grateful for the group of friends and family that I have made and that as supported me,” Shepherd continued, before thanking McCarthy and guest host Hall.