“I have learned that Sherri Shepherd has closed a deal to return to ‘The View’ as a lead contributor for the upcoming 19th season,” reports our friend Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.
Andreeva adds, “I hear she is expected to appear in about 50 episodes….Shepherd was among the most popular ‘View’ co-hosts of the past decade. She spent seven seasons on the show, sharing a hosting Emmy Award. She left last August after failing to agree on contract terms with ABC.”
Writes Josh Feldman at Mediaite, “‘The View’ has undergone a lot of changes in the past two years. Here’s a brief summation: Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, and Barbara Walters all left, while Jenny McCarthy and Rosie O’Donnell came and went, and now newcomers Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez are out the door too.
“On top of all that, the daytime show has picked four new people as co-hosts in the past few weeks (two of those have yet to be confirmed). And now, we have multiple reports that one of the women who left [Shepherd] is coming back in a slightly different role.”
As we have previously reported, Whoopi Goldberg is staying with the show, and she is expected to be joined by co-hosts Candace Cameron Bure, Michelle Collins, Paula Faris and Raven-Symone.