Sherri Shepherd says she would love to have Wendy Williams as a guest on her new talk show. She also adds that she’s “thankful” to be chosen to be the permanent-guest host for Wendy’s show.
“I’m so thankful to Wendy for letting me fill in for her and letting me fill the gap to support her as all the other co-hosts have also done. I’m thankful because if it weren’t for Wendy, the eyes wouldn’t have been on me. I’m so thankful to her. We’re all praying for her,” Shepherd said in a statement to Deadline.
Sherri began substituting for Wendy last year when she started battling various health issues. In February, Sherri announced that she would be the permanent guest host for the show until Wendy got better.
According to her team, Wendy completely “understands” why Sherri was chosen for the job.
“She, more than anyone, understands the reality of syndicated television. You can’t go to the marketplace and sell a show that’s the ‘Maybe Wendy Show.’”
Nevertheless, Sherri says she has yet to speak with Wendy but doesn’t mind doing so.
“It’s not like everybody thinks that in Hollywood, we all have each other’s phone numbers,” Sherri said. “Wendy knows me because I’ve sat in as a guest, and I guest hosted for her two years ago. So it’s not like she doesn’t know me, but we’re not friends. I am glad that she trusted me when they asked if I could come in and trusted that I could do it.”