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There was hardly a dry eye at the table when Sherri Shepherd finally got to address news of her departure from “The View”!

Today’s episode marked the first live broadcast since it was announced that both Sherri and “The View” newbie Jenny McCarthy were leaving the cast this year. Both of the ladies tweeted about their exits last month, but today’s show allowed them the opportunity to confirm their departures on air.

“It is true that I’m leaving ‘The View’ after the season,” Sherri confirmed “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.”

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Emphasising her point, Sherri added that after such a long run on the show she believed that it was time to move on. “You guys know that I often talk about my faith. I’m a woman of faith and seven in the Bible is the number of God’s completion,” she said. “I’ve been here seven years, and my time at The View is complete.”

Sherri’s not leaving the show with any hard feelings. She thanked “The View” creator Barbara Walters for giving her a chance by bringing her on as a regular host. Before becoming an official cast member, she’d filled in as a guest host several times. The funny lady also gave a shout out to the co-stars that she’d formed a special bond with.

“I wanna say I’ve made friendships and sisterhood for life at this table. Elisabeth Hasselbeck is my sister for life. Joy Behar is my sister for life,” Sherri said before looking over at Jenny. “You are my sister.”

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Sherri then delivered a special message for “The View” moderator, Whoopi Goldberg. “You my friend have been a mentor to me. I love you so much, Whoopi Goldberg, because Whoopi Goldberg has had my back,” said Sherri. “Even when I didn’t appreciate it, she’s always had my back.”

It’s been reported that Sherri’s not in any rush to find a new job. However, she hinted today that she’s already got something else lined up! “I have exciting news I will be announcing in the future,” she teased, “because I love the show I plan on coming back to promote them here!”

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Before closing out her speech, Sherri encouraged all the viewers to be courageous and take risks. “I do say to everybody, take a chance, step out, do something that makes you scared, because this scared me to do ‘The View,'” she shared. “I love the cast and crew who took me in and made me feel like, this is my family.”


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