Sherri Shepherd Apologizes for Anti-Gay Remarks, Explains Religious Upbringing

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Sherri Shepherd has something in common with Juan Pablo Galavis and Phil Robertson:

All three have gotten into trouble for various anti-gay remarks.

In Shepherd's case, controversy broke out this week following an interview with Fusion host Alicia Menendez.

Sherri Shepherd Sits Down

Asked about the biggest misconception people have about her, Shepherd said some feel she's overly "judgmental" and "homophobic" going on to explain why… and coming across to many as, well, homophobic.

"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," the comedian said of her views. "This is something that they teach in churches. So it's something that I grew up believing.

Shepherd went on to say she "might not agree" with the gay lifestyle, but she isn't going to argue with it, either.

But she's "trying to make it to heaven by the skin of my teeth" and she asks folks to respect how she feels about homosexuality in her attempt to make it there.

As you might expect, some took exception to the idea that Shepherd could claim gay people are sinners while still making it sound like she's not against them, a confusing line to walk that she tried to explain yesterday on The View.

"I'm truly sorry to anyone I've offended," Shepherd began. "My interview was misrepresented, and only a portion of my comments were used as a headline to give the impression that I was condemning members of the LGBT community living in their own truth.

She went on:

"In the interview, I express I was raised as a child to have a certain set of beliefs, but my beliefs have evolved significantly as my own personal relationship with Christ has increased.

"I believe that love is the grace of all things and I have no desire to judge anybody by who they are. I'm a person of compassion and anyone who knows me knows that I love, I accept, I embrace everybody who has love in their hearts. So I love you."

Sounds heartfelt to us. Are you buying it? Will this opinion affect the show's ratings?

Those of Duck Dynasty dropped in the wake of Robertson's contentious views, while The Bachelor has remained steady after Juan Pablo said it would set a bad example of ABC ever aired a gay season of the hit show.

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