AceShowbiz - Sherri Shepherd has opened up about her time in prison. The daytime TV presenter said in a new interview that she found that going to jail for eight days a "life lesson" for her success.
The "Sherri" host told Page Six in an article published on Thursday, March 16 about her eight-day stint in jail during the early '90s, a sentence she received for not paying $10,000 in moving violations. She said that the experience was one of the most pivotal of her life.
"Yeah, I went to jail for not paying my tickets," Sherri dished. The former "The View" co-host went on adding, "At the time, I did not think being in jail was a good moment, but looking back I learned to pay all my bills," before noting, "Jail, that was a classroom… it was a life lesson, and now I pay my bills on time."
The people Sherri encountered in the facility were not only fellow inmates, but became motivators who gave her the strength to move past the dark moment. "One of the girls in jail said, 'Leave Sherri alone because she's gonna be somebody and we are going to be here for the rest of our lives.' Literally that's what she used to say," so she recalled.
"Her name was Shelby and she came to both my weddings when I got out. But sometimes people see things in you that you don't see yourself, and when she said those words, 'Sherri is gonna be somebody,' I never thought that for myself. So I just knew that something was going to happen," she explained.
After being a popular co-host of one of the most successful morning shows of all time and having an illustrious acting career, Sherri took the reins from Wendy Williams and secured her own talk show, "Sherri", which currently airs in the former daytime diva's slot.
Despite Wendy not being very supportive of her new series, the 55-year-old TV host still gave the former disc jockey all of the credit she deserves. "Wendy is the queen… There's something for everybody," she made clear, ensuring there's no hard feelings.