It’s been a busy year for comedian/actress Sherri Shepherd. The former co-host of View was one of many to step in as a guest host last year when Wendy Williams found herself too beset with health issues to host her beloved and eponymous daytime caller, and soon became a viewer favorite. Now that Sherri took over the timeslot that previously belonged to the show host “How you doin'”, however, there was some behind-the-scenes drama with some of Williams’ former employees.
What’s going on with the Sherri Shepherd show and former Wendy Williams staffers?
When it became clear that the often controversial day host wouldn’t be able to return for season 13 of her show at all, nor was it clear whether or not she’d be ready for a potential season 14, Williams’ show was canceled and Sherri has been put into in its place. This new series hit the airwaves earlier this week, but according to The American Sunthere are those who came to the freshman chatterbox from The Wendy Williams Show who now worry about being replaced. An anonymous source told the outlet:
Sherri’s staff members told her there should be some kind of loyalty test of the remnants of The Wendy Williams Show. Norman and Suzanne want to believe they’ll stay but sooner or later I’m sure they’ll get fired. There really isn’t a place for them now.
If you’re wondering why supervising producer Norman Baker and co-executive producer Suzanne Bass were simply referred to by their first names in the comment above, it’s because fans of their old show knew them well. For most of the time Williams was on the air, as long as Baker and Bass were present for a taping the two were seen on camera during episodeswith them usually interacting with the host either during the Hot Topics segment (Baker) or during the opening moments (Bass).
However, when Sherri debuted, no producer was seen on the show, which left fans miss themand may have led to those staff members, in particular, not feeling very secure in their positions with the new show.
Obviously, there were a lot of emotional pieces and quite a bit of confusion that surrounded the making of this show, which could lead to a rift between new staffers and those who transferred from the previous series. Before she missed the final season, there had been more and more controversies over his behavior in front of the camera and rumors about how she acted behind the scenes. One show executive even recently admitted that when they asked audiences about the host, they noted that they watched daily, but also that Williams was “so mean to people”.
It is logical that Shepherd would like to part ways with Williamsespecially when it comes to what viewers see on her show, but only time will tell if she continues to employ those who worked on the series she is now replacing.