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Talk about a very Hot Topic...

On yesterday's installment of The View, co-host Whoopi Goldberg raised the issue of Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry using a hunting camp whose named formerly had the N word in it. When Barbara Walters repeated the name of the camp (admitting it was "very hard" for her to even utter), Sherri Shepherd stepped in and objected:

"I didn't like the way you said it. I don't know if it's a semantics thing, but it's something that goes through my body."

Is that because Walters is white? Shepherd couldn't explain her issue, simply saying there was a "different connotation" when Goldberg said it versus when Walters said it. Watch the exchange below and then vote in our poll.

This is a sensitive topic, but we're curious for your feedback: Should white people ever say the N word?

 

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Move over, Joy Behar and Steve Janowitz. You've got company. Her View co-host Sherri Shepherd and Lamar Sally also tied the knot this weekend!

Sherri and Lamar tied the knot at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, her hometown, on Saturday. Her 6-year-old son Jeffrey walked her down the aisle.

Shepherd's eight bridesmaids included another View co-host, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, plus Niecy Nash and Community star Yvette Nicole Brown.

Sherri Shepherd, Lamar Sally

Sherri pretty much Tweeted until she walked down the aisle, writing yesterday, "Sitting in the room in my gown waiting for Sal& groomsmen to take their pics... can't let him see me b4 the wedding... but I'm bored as heck."

The, right before the ceremony she Tweeted: "What happens when you are in your wedding dress and you have to tinkle? Uh-oh!"

Indeed. Congratulations to Sherri and Lamar!

[Photo: WENN.com]

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Every now and then, The View panelists actually engage in an interesting discussion.

Such was the case when the topic of Tracy Morgan, his recent anti-gay rant on stage and subsequent apology came up this week on the talk show.

Whoopi Goldberg didn't defend Morgan's specific outburst, but did speak from experience as a comedian when she said this stuff just happens occasionally on stage: "Sometimes we step in it and it’s bad, and this is one of those times... when a comic has gone over the line and realized it. Not just because people told him, but because he realized it."

Sherri Shepherd, who recurs opposite Morgan on 30 Rock as his character's wife, said a working actor must also represent his show at all times.

And Elisabeth Hasselbeck actually chimed in with a good question: Do the standards for a comedian change in this Internet age, when he/she must be aware that his/her audience expands beyond those in the audience? Should it?

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Sherri Shepherd may be the host of The Newlywed Game, but she will also qualify as a contestant on that show in the near future: the TV personality got engaged to Lamar Sally on December 26!

A statement by Shepherd's rep details the lengths Sally went to for the occasion:

"Upon arriving back to Lamar's home in Los Angeles from a trip to San Diego, Sherri was surprised to find their accommodations had been decorated with lights by one of Sal's best friends, her dog was wearing a Santa beard and hat, and, in the middle of a dish of Sherri's favorite but forbidden M&M's (she is diabetic), was a tiny little box."

Sherri Shepherd and Lamar Sally

This will be Sheperd's second marriage, as an August wedding is planned for Chicago. No doubt, we'll hear a lot more about it when The View returns with new episodes on January 10.

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Sherri Shepherd is battling with GLADD these days over comments The View host made concerning HIV in the African-American community.

But that's not the only fight Shepherd is engaged in.

The comedian/actress has been in court all week, as the divorce trial between her and Jeff Tarpley is underway.

Shepherd filed to end the marriage in 2006 and she told TMZ why yesterday: soon after their child was born premature that year, Sherri returned from a visit to the ICU - and discovered photos of Tarpley having sex with another woman!

He later impregnated this mistress.

Sherri Shepherd Photograph

Shepherd does say her ex is a solid father, but this information makes the photo above a lot less cute and a lot more disturbing, doesn't it?

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The feud between GLADD and The View is far from over.

On June 22, comedian D.L. Hughley co-hosted the ABC talk show. He and Sherri Shepherd got into a discussion about the prominence of HIV among African-Americans, both agreeing that it exists because gay black men ("on the down low") have sex with women.

Sherri Shepherd at the Oscars

"When you look at the prevalence of HIV in the African American community, it's primarily young women who are getting it from men who are on the down low," Hughley said.

However, the Centers for Disease Control has provided numbers that disprove this theory.

Therefore, GLADD has demanded a retraction and an apology from the show, taking out a full page ad in Monday's Variety expressing its displeasure with ABC and the hosts.

Yesterday, the network released the following statement:

"[D]uring a discussion about blood donation and the transmission of HIV/AIDS, a guest moderator on the show expressed his interpretation of data about one way the virus can be transmitted. The topic of HIV/AIDS has been raised many times over the show's 13 years, with many voices and opinions contributing to a conversation that we expect to continue as long as The View is on the air."

That was it. Doesn't exactly say much, does it?

In response, Cindi Craeger - GLAAD's director of national news - described the statement as "evasive" and said: "This program reaches millions of viewers and ABC must ensure that its platforms aren't used to perpetuate dangerous falsehoods that put our community in harm's way."

There is a fine line between expressing one's opinion and tossing around discriminating statements that contradict facts. Did Hughley and The View cross it? You tell us.

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This is a first: The View is facing controversy, and it's NOT over something Elisabeth Hasselbeck said.

In fact, that conservative commentator - whose most recent example of opinionated nonsense involved a shot at Erin Andrews - has nothing to do with why GLADD is taking aim at this ABC talk show.

Derek Lowe Mug Shot

Instead, the organization has its sights set on Sherri Shepherd and D.L. Hughley, the June 22 guest host. On that date, the pair talked about the influx of HIV among African-Americans and blamed it on gay black men that were in the closet, aka "on the down low."

"When you look at the prevalence of HIV in the African American community, it's primarily young women who are getting it from men who are on the down low," Hughley said.

Added Shepherd, offering no data to back up her assertion: "It's so big in the black community with women because they're having sex with men who have been having sex with men."

In response, GLADD has taken out a full-page ad in Variety that reads:

"The Centers for Disease Control has publicly disproven this myth. And since June 22, thousands of people have written to ABC, asking that The View provide correct information to viewers. Unfortunately, those requests have been greeted with silence from both ABC and The View."

Panelists on the show are known for expressing their opinions and have the right to speak their minds, of course. But when making grand claims such as the one above, it would nice if they relied on facts to support their statements.

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We were all set to make fun of Sherri Shepherd.

The View co-host is the latest in a long line of celebrities to flaunt her lost weight on a magazine cover, sending a message to some that you're a failure if you haven't dropped many pounds, while also not acknowledging that money plays a major factor in these success stories (personal trainers, chefs, etc.).

She also hates on Cookie Monster.

But Shepherd actually makes a couple salient points in the OK! article.

Sherri Shepherd in a Bathing Suit

She doesn't advocate starving oneself, or relying on a dangerous tool such as a cleanser. Instead, Sherri emphasizes the importance of working out and finding balance in one's life.

"Sometimes I just said 'I don't want tilapia anymore; I can't even deal with salad. I want M&M's and Ruffles, and I'm gonna do it.' But the difference was I was gonna get back up and go to the gym and keep my commitment. I never once felt like I deprived myself," she said."

Overall, Shepherd lost 41 pounds and dropped 10 dress sizes, all without surgery. Mighty impressive.

As she flaunted her new body on The View earlier this month, it was hard not to admire her commitment. If she would just punch Elisabeth Hasselbeck in the face, she'd be our hero.

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We know Sherri Shepherd abhors all that Cookie Monster represents.

Absurd as that is, we know she puts her money where her mouth is.

Fat Kirstie Alley Picture

After months of dieting and exercising, The View co-host fulfilled her promise to walk out on stage in a bathing suit on Thursday's episode.

Walking on stage to "I'm Every Woman," Shepherd, 42, proclaimed, "I feel really great. I just wanted to show people that you don't have to do anything crazy. You just have to make some choices and exercise and the weight will drop off."

Sherri Shepherd looks like a new woman.

Since May, Sherri Shepherd lost 5 inches from her waist and 10 inches overall. Barbara Walters said her View colleagues "were very proud" of Shepherd, who celebrated by indulging in ribs and M&Ms producer Bill Geddes brought her as a treat.

Dieting hadn't been easy, Shepherd, who had been eating "a lot of grilled chicken, a lot of salad, a lot of water," said, adding loudly that "I'm miserable!"

In terms of exercise, "I do a lot of stairs, a lot of planks, a lot of squats, a lot of treadmill, a lot of screaming - and I do this four times a week."

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It's a slow news week. Exhibit A? During yesterday's "Hot Topics" segment of The View, the panel got into a huge fight over none other than Cookie Monster.

Things got a bit testy as Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd discussed an upcoming healthy eating PSA on Sesame Street, in which Cookie Monster, the show's lovable, ravenous blue dessert fiend, is taught about the benefits of smart food choices.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and a polite, well-educated stalk of broccoli try to teach the Monster a lesson in dieting. But is this really necessary?

Sherri Shepherd thinks so, apparently blaming Cookie Monster for the poor dietary habits of our nation's youth. Whoopi's answer? "Bull! It's a puppet!"

Check out the all-important spat below ...

Call us crazy, but is Cookie Monster even fat? It looks to us like he balances out his love of tasty snacks with an exercise regimen. He can be a tad rude, yes, but who among us hasn't devoured a dessert and left a shower of crumbs in its wake?

It's all about moderation, kids. Why can't you have a cookie but not 73 in one sitting? Besides, all this will do is anger Cookie Monster. Before, he focused on the Cookie aspect; do you really want to be around when the Monster comes out?

And where does it stop? Will Oscar be put on Prozac? Will Elmo next be barred from speaking in the third person, to cure the country's self-centeredness?

Whose side are you on?

 

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