THE View co-host Sherri Shepherd has again landed in hot water, saying she was brought up to believe gay people are "going to hell".In an interview with Fusion, the deeply religious talk show host and 30 Rock star was given the opportunity to clear the air about what some have perceived as her anti-gay stance.
"I think people don't know my heart. I think people feel I'm very judgmental. I think people feel I'm very homophobic. If they knew me, and knew my heart. ... You grow up being a Christian and you grow up believing homosexuality is a sin; you're going to hell if you're a homosexual. This is something that they teach in churches. So it's something that I grew up believing," she said.
"I might not agree with your lifestyle, but I love you. You may not agree with my lifestyle, but you love me ... I don't say it's a choice. If you tell me, 'Sherri, I was born gay.' OK. I'm not gonna argue with you, because I can't tell you how you feel and what's going on inside. I'm trying to make it into heaven by the skin of my teeth ... I don't know who I'm gonna see. So if you tell me you're born [gay], I'm not gonna argue with you. And I absolutely respect you for that. I just ask that people respect how I feel, [I] respect how you feel and we can have a great dialogue."
Over the years, Shepherd has repeatedly made headlines for her 'great dialogue', both on The View and in interviews.
Here are just a few of her most memorable moments:
2007: Shepherd stated on the show that she "didn't believe in evolution. Period." When Whoopi Goldberg jokingly asked her if she thought the world was flat, Shepherd said that she didn't know, and "never thought about it." Shepherd continued that it was more important to her that she thought about how she was "going to feed [her] child."
"You can do both," co-host Barbara Walter pointed out.
2008: Shepherd referred to gospel singer Shirley Caesar as "the black Patti Labelle". Her co-hosts were quick to point out that Labelle herself is indeed black.
2010: During a discussion about HIV/AIDS on the panel, Shepherd repeatedly stated that the higher prevalence of HIV in African American communities is due to women contracting the disease from black men who are 'on the down low' (secretly having sex with other men). The Centre for Disease Control later issue a statement saying Shepherd's comments are based on myths that have been widely disproved.
2012: Referring to actor Kelsey Grammer's claim he and his wife didn't have sex for a whole decade, Shepherd said, "10 years? That's 365 days times 10 - 36,000 days!" (Uh, it's actually 3650 days, Shezza).
2013: Asked her opinion of Miley Cyrus on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Shepherd said, "Oh, she's going to hell in a twerking hand basket."
Shepherd isn't the only View presenter currently in the news for making controversial comments - co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck this week appeared on the program Fox and Friends to interview author Nick Adams about the notion that men are no longer encouraged or allowed to be "manly," something Adams labelled "dangerous."
"Is this in direct relation to feminism on the rise?" asked Hasselbeck. "Is it a result just sort of society seeing men that are not as masculine and men that are as masculine being kind of demonised?"
Sigh. Let's leave it to Sherri herself to have the last word on all this.
Someone tell me how this bitch is still on American TV please??
Bitch needs to go back to school.