Sherri Shepherd says Barbara Walters told her she should be a lesbian

The View co-hosts reunited on Tuesday to pay tribute to the late Barbara Walters, who created the famous daytime talk show in 1997.

As she sat with Whoopi Goldberg, Lisa Ling and Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, 55, shared a fun anecdote about Walters – who died aged 93 on Friday.

Shepherd revealed that the famous journalist once told her that she should “be a lesbian” and avoid marrying men who “take her money” during her bridal shower, which Walters threw at her.

Brutally honest: Sherri Shepherd, 55, shared a fun anecdote about her former The View co-host Barbara Walters, who died aged 93 on Friday;  Pictured 2009

Brutally honest: Sherri Shepherd, 55, shared a fun anecdote about her former The View co-host Barbara Walters, who died aged 93 on Friday; Pictured 2009

“She said, ‘You’re still with those men who take your money! All the time ! Stop marrying men who take your money. You must be a lesbian,”‘ Shepherd – who joined The View in 2007 and left in 2014 – remembered.

Walters then reportedly added, “But with your luck, they’d take your money too.” The ladies laughed it off and agreed that Walters could be brutally honest like that.

Sherri was also seen outside The View studio in New York on Tuesday in an all-pink ensemble.

The actress and TV host has been married twice. She was married to Lamar Sally from 2011 to 2015, and before him she was married to Jeff Tarpley from 2001 to 2010.

Amusing: Shepherd revealed the reporter once told her she should 'be a lesbian' and avoid marrying men who 'take her money' in her own bridal shower, which Walters threw at her

Amusing: Shepherd revealed the reporter once told her she should ‘be a lesbian’ and avoid marrying men who ‘take her money’ in her own bridal shower, which Walters threw at her

On the lookout: “You always get along with those men who take your money!  All the time!  Stop marrying men who take your money.  You must be a lesbian,' Walters reportedly said, before adding: 'But with your luck they would take your money too'

On the lookout: “You always get along with those men who take your money! All the time! Stop marrying men who take your money. You must be a lesbian,’ Walters reportedly said, before adding: ‘But with your luck they would take your money too’

Her first divorce ended in a nasty custody battle over the couple’s son, Jeffrey Jr, whom they welcomed in April 2005.

Her second divorce was also contentious and spanned several years, as Lamar fought her for child support for their son, Lamar Jr., who was born with Lamar’s sperm and a donor egg.

Sherri is not genetically related to Lamar Jr. – who was born via surrogate after the couple split – and fought to keep his name from being printed on the birth certificate, but a court ultimately ruled that she was legally responsible for the child.

Remembering: Sherri was joined by former co-hosts including Whoopi Goldberg, Lisa Ling and Joy Behar as they remembered Walters, who created the daytime talk show in 1997

Remembering: Sherri was joined by former co-hosts including Whoopi Goldberg, Lisa Ling and Joy Behar as they remembered Walters, who created the daytime talk show in 1997

Pretty in pink: Sherri was seen outside The View studio in New York on Tuesday wearing an all-pink ensemble

Pretty in pink: Sherri was seen outside The View studio in New York on Tuesday wearing an all-pink ensemble

Elsewhere on the show, Sherri also recalled that she always felt “protective” of Walters and that the feeling was mutual.

“I just remember feeling so protective of this woman who was so protective of me, who would fiercely defend me no matter what blunders I made at the table.”

The View premiered in August 1997, and more than 20 women have had permanent roles as morning talk show co-hosts.

The show featured interviews with a wide variety of guests and covered a range of topics from current affairs and politics to entertainment.

Twice Married: Shepherd has been married twice.  She was with Lamar Sally from 2011 to 2015. The couple had a contentious divorce that spanned several years and involved a complex battle over child support payments;  Pictured 2014

Twice Married: Shepherd has been married twice. She was with Lamar Sally from 2011 to 2015. The couple had a contentious divorce that spanned several years and involved a complex battle over child support payments; Pictured 2014

Unlucky in love: Before him, she was married to Jeff Tarpley from 2001 to 2010. Her first divorce also ended in a nasty custody battle over the couple's son, Jeffrey Jr;  Pictured 2012

Unlucky in love: Before him, she was married to Jeff Tarpley from 2001 to 2010. Her first divorce also ended in a nasty custody battle over the couple’s son, Jeffrey Jr; Pictured 2012

View’s original lineup consisted of Walters, Joy Behar, Star Jones, Meredith Vieira and Debbie Matenopoulos.

Sherri penned a lengthy tribute to the late reporter after learning the sad news of Barbara’s passing on Friday. On Instagram, she uploaded herself sitting next to Walters as the two were involved in a conversation.

The talk show host began her tribute by saying, “Barbara was tough on me, but she was tough on those she loved.” Barbara gave me a chance to grow. She encouraged me (no…she TOLD ME) to speak up or be left behind. She told me never to take no for an answer.

Permanent co-host: Shepherd – who joined The View in 2007 and left in 2014 – also recalled that Walters would “fiercely defend” her despite the “blunders” she had made at the table;  Pictured in a 2014 photo from The View

Permanent co-host: Shepherd – who joined The View in 2007 and left in 2014 – also recalled that Walters would “fiercely defend” her despite the “blunders” she had made at the table; Pictured in a 2014 photo from The View

She also added that Walters is close with her son, Jeffrey, and that the two hosts would enjoy dinners together. “I told her I still wanted to end our night with a slumber party in matching pajamas (you can imagine the look on her face).

Sherri called Barbara the “Mother Lion” and thanked her “for giving a shy girl who didn’t like debating a seven-year chance at her life.” You believe in me changed my life.

During a previous interview with People in 2020, Shepherd revealed that “Barbara was so hard on me.” I cried for three years in my dressing room because she was so hard on me, but she did it out of love.

The TV personality added that the late news anchor would say to her, “I love you, I just need you to read a book sweetie and learn to stand up for what you believe in.” And talk about it,” further expressing, “It was the most painful experience I have ever had, but it was the best experience.

Long tribute: Sheri left a detailed tribute to her co-star on Instagram on Friday

Long tribute: Sheri left a detailed tribute to her co-star on Instagram on Friday

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