Sherri Shepherd has no interest in returning to THE VIEW.
“It’s like breaking up with your boyfriend,” she tells TheTVPage.com.
“Why do you want to go back and sleep with him? Keep moving forward. Barbara is not there. She taught me everything I know. Whoopi was wonderful. But it is time to move on and for new people to be at that table.”
Sheppard spent eight seasons on the sometimes controversial ABC chat show before walking away in 2014.
She will next be seen opposite John Lithgow in the NBC Mockumentary series, TRIAL & ERROR.
“People forgot I was an actress and I really wanted to pursue that again,” she says.
“I felt that if I didn’t leave at the time that I did that I would be envious of everybody who came and instead Niecy Nash would be in my character and I would be sitting there with blue cards being jealous. And I don’t want to live in that space.”
Shepherd, 49, says she thoroughly enjoyed her time on THE VIEW and continues to watch as often as possible.
“I am always texting Whoopi (Goldberg) saying, “Say this, say this.” I am screaming at the TV. John (Lithgow) also watched it every day. He remembered me from THE VIEW. So we always do “Hot Topics” on the set (of TRIAL & ERROR). I can’t get away from it.
“My experience with THE VIEW is I loved it. It was eight years of bliss. Barbara Walters was very hard on me, but she helped me find my voice as Sherry Shepherd. But I do miss it.”
TRIAL & ERROR is a spoof comedy about a big-city defense lawyer, and his team of oddballs who try to help a small town college professor accused of murder.
Shepherd plays the firm’s enthusiastic receptionist, Anne Flatch.
TRIAL AND ERROR premieres March 7 at 9:30 PM on NBC.
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