Sherri Shepherd recalls Barbara Walters telling her she should be a lesbian at her own bridal shower

Sherri Shepherd recalls Barbara Walters telling her she should be a lesbian at her own bridal shower

Present and former “The View” hosts paid tribute to the show’s creator, Barbara Walters, sharing warm memories of the journalist on Tuesday. But it was former anchor Sherri Shepherd’s story that stood out, as she remembered a moment when Walters questioned her taste in men and quipped that she should be a lesbian instead.

According to Yahoo, Shepherd noted that she and Walters would frequently have dinner outside of the show, and Walters would provide advice, as she did with her co-hosts. She and Shepherd were especially close, with Shepherd claiming that Walters planned her marriage shower. And during that shower, Walters was honest about her feelings about Shepherd’s taste in men.

“She said, ‘You always get with these men who take your money! All the time! Stop getting married to men that take your money. You need to be a lesbian,’” Shepherd recalled. “‘But with your luck, they’d take your money, too.’”

The story caused laughter from both the audience and the women at the table, as the hosts all agreed that Walters was known for his honesty.

Tuesday’s episode of “The View” was totally dedicated to honoring Walters following her passing on December 30, with several previous hosts, including Meredith Viera, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Star Jones, and others, joining Shepherd.

Each one recounted their best stories and experiences of working with Walters, many calling to her as their “TV mom” and role model. Current anchor Joy Behar even called Walters “the original role model” for many women.

“She had no mentors or role models because she was the original role model for everybody else,” she said. “So we have to give the woman a lot of credit. She was not just a friend to us, but she was really one of a kind and very important to the industry.”

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