*Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy made their final appearances on The View on this morning, but with McCarthy having said her goodbyes on Thursday’s broadcast, Monday’s show focused solely on Shepherd.
The hour began with at least 30 seconds of the crowd chanting “Sher-ri” as Shepherd cried. Whoopi Goldberg said that Shepherd is “moving on to different, bigger, better things and it’s never easy.”
Shepherd said she was “profoundly grateful” for her time on the show, calling it “the best seven years of her life,” as she reflected on how it was a tough adjustment at first, when she often felt like she didn’t belong.
“I tell people step out on the fear because I didn’t want to take this job, ‘cause I said, ‘I’m not a prosecutor; I don’t know anything.’ I grew up in a religion where we weren’t into politics,” she explained. “I had to learn some stuff. It was very painful, my growing experience publicly to grow here and to learn. I have to say my boss Barbara Walters pushed me. I cried in my dressing room for three years going, ‘Why am I at this table? I don’t know what I’m doing.’”
Arsenio Hall was on hand as the Monday guest co-host and joined Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin and Bell Biv Devoe in paying tribute to Shepherd, with the latter group performing “Poison.”
“The View” also aired a highlight reel of some of her best moments, including her first appearance, her Halloween costumes, kissing “Scandal” star Tony Goldwyn and joking with Prince, Martha Stewart, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Walters.
Shepherd next joins Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in “Ride Along 2” and stars opposite Keke Palmer in Cinderella on Broadway. McCarthy, meanwhile, recently began a weekly SiriusXM talk show.
“The View” is currently testing out new co-hosts to join Goldberg and returning co-host Rosie O’Donnell.
MSNBC vp, primetime programming Bill Wolff is also joining the show as executive producer.