Sherri Shepherd is learning from everyone these days, especially her son. The former ‘View’ co-host recently told Uptown magazine that little Jeffrey taught her an invaluable lesson about determination.


“I put him on a track team this year to work on his socialization skills,” said Sherri. “Jeffrey found me in the sea of parents [during one of his meets] and screamed ‘Mommy, I’m scared but I’m going to be brave.’ Through tears I saw my baby run. He finished last, but he held his fingers up in the victory sign. He taught me that if I fall, as long as I get back up and finish, I am a winner.”

In being a winner, Shepherd discussed her departure from ‘The View’ which was, “bittersweet, exciting and scary. Seven years I was there and the cast and crew became a family to me. They embraced me when I moved to New York City not knowing anyone. Barbara Walters pushed me past my limits and challenged me. Every single day for about three years, I would go into my dressing room and cry because I felt I did not belong at that table. But her pushing me brought out a confidence where I could sit at that table and say ‘No. Let me finish.'”

Jeffrey Jr. is Sherri and ex-husband Jeffrey Tarpley Sr.’s son. He was born in 2005.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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