AceShowbiz - Sherri Shepherd is going to guest host "The Wendy Williams Show" again. The talk show veteran will be hosting in December after her stint in early November scored season 13 highest ratings.
"I was thrilled to learn that my hosting week in November was so well received by the loyal viewers of this show," the 54-year-old actress told the New York Daily News on Tuesday, November 23. "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 former "The View" co-host, 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."
David Perler, the executive producer of "The Wendy Williams Show", added 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!"
Sherri herself celebrated the announcement via Instagram by posting a screenshot of the Daily News article. "You shouted it out and the powers that be heard! @wendyshow asked me back!" she gushed in her caption. "Thank you #wendywilliams for giving me the chance and all of the Fans for your support! I am screaming!!! [love emoji]."
When Sherri took over "The Wendy Williams Show" in early November, the show gained a 13 percent rise, resulting in a 0.9 rating. It's 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."