AceShowbiz - Sherri Shepherd seemingly is not interested in becoming the next face of "The Wendy Williams Show" amid rumors saying that she's the "frontrunner" to replace Wendy Williams permanently. The former "The View" co-host reportedly plans to host her "own" show.
"I love that people are talking about my friend [Sherri] going back to host in December for a week [tune in Dec 13-17] but the rest of this story from Radar is fake news," a friend of the 54-year-old TV hostess told The Jasmine Brand. "Sherri will at some point host her own show and move 'where the money resides.' I'm just saying that this story is a fabrication."
When Sherri took over "The Wendy Williams Show" in early November as Wendy continues to recover from her health scare, the show gained a 13 percent rise, resulting in a 0.9 rating. The rating was considered high enough to tie "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "The Kelly Clarkson Show" for third place among televised daytime talk shows.
Following the announcement, a source claimed to The Sun that Sherri was the "frontrunner" to replace Wendy permanently. The insider stated that the show had adopted a "new year, new show" mentality. The informant also said that Wendy "will never return" to her role in the future.
A separate source told Radar Online that the deal about the new host "will be done in the next few weeks and announced in January." The insider added that "Sherri is the frontrunner and staffs think it's all but a done deal with her."
David Perler, the executive producer of "The Wendy Williams Show", also stated that Sherri "is a great fit for the show." On the reason why, he said that "she engages with our viewers with her relatable conversations and unique point of view on the hottest topics. We're very happy to welcome her back and can't wait to see what she'll bring to our viewers and station partners this time around!"
Of her achievement, Sherri told the New York Daily News that she's "thrilled." She said, "I was thrilled to learn that my hosting week in November was so well received by the loyal viewers of this show. It's not easy to do what Wendy Williams has successfully done for so many years. I am grateful to Wendy, the entire Wendy Williams team and Wendy's fans for trusting me to host for another week."
Sherri went on to highlight that she also had fun when hosting the daytime show. "It's been a dream come true," so said the talk show veteran, before adding, "I can't wait to bring back my brand of flirty-fun, fabulous guests and feel-good excitement when I return in December."