Sherri Shepherd planned to leave ‘The View’ for months

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    Sherri Shepherd’s departure from “The View” is not a surprise development for the cast and crew.

    It was a shock for many fans of the show to suddenly find out last month that neither Sherri nor Jenny McCarthy would be returning next season.

    The daytime co-host revealed yesterday on the show, though, that she’d actually been preparing to leave the show for months. “It is true that I’m leaving ‘The View’ after the season,” Sherri told viewers. “A lot of those people close to me and some of the producers here, they’ve known since the spring that I did not intend to return to the show once my contract ended in August.”

    She added, “My time at ‘The View’ is complete.”

    But what prompted Sherri to keep this move under wraps for so long? “I didn’t discuss anything publicly, anything in my personal life, because I didn’t want to do anything to distract from Barbara Walters and our celebration of her retirement in May,” she explained.

    Sherri also made sure to shut down any rumors that she was at odds with “The View” creator. She actually thanked them for giving her a chance to voice her opinions and be part of important discussions on the daytime chat show.

    “I’m gonna forever be grateful to Barbara Walters and [executive producer] Bill Geddie for taking a chance on an actress and a comedienne and making me learn things and making me step out of my comfort zone, for giving me a chance,” said Sherri. “When everybody said I shouldn’t be at this table, they gave me a chance.”

    Fans of the show should expect to see Sherri come back soon, though! She said, “I have exciting news I will be announcing in the future. Because I love the show, I plan on coming back to promote them here.”

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