Sherri Shepherd says Barbara Walters told her she should be a lesbian

Co-hosts of The View gathered Tuesday to honor the late Barbara Walters, who created the famous daytime talk show in 1997.

While sitting down with Whoopi Goldberg, Lisa Ling and Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, 55, shared a funny anecdote from Walters – who passed away on Friday at age 93.

Shepherd revealed that the renowned journalist once told her that she should “be a lesbian” and avoid marrying men who “take her money” during her bridal shower, which Walters threw for her.

Brutally honest: Sherri Shepherd, 55, shared a funny anecdote of her former The View host Barbara Walters, who passed away on Friday at age 93;  In the photo 2009

Brutally honest: Sherri Shepherd, 55, shared a funny anecdote of her former The View host Barbara Walters, who passed away on Friday at age 93; In the photo 2009

‘She said, ‘You always get these men who take your money! All the time! Stop marrying men who take your money. You need to be a lesbian” 2014 – remembered.

Walters then reportedly added: ‘But, with your luck, they’d take your money too.’ The ladies laughed and agreed that Walters could be brutally honest like that.

Sherri was also spotted outside The View studio in New York on Tuesday wearing an all-pink ensemble.

The actress and TV host has been married twice. She was married to Lamar Sally from 2011 to 2015 and before him, she was married to Jeff Tarpley from 2001 to 2010.

Funny: Shepherd revealed the journalist once told her she should 'be a lesbian' and avoid marrying men who 'take her money' during her own bridal shower, which Walters threw for her

Funny: Shepherd revealed the journalist once told her she should ‘be a lesbian’ and avoid marrying men who ‘take her money’ during her own bridal shower, which Walters threw for her

Looking out: 'You always get these men who take your money!  All the time!  Stop marrying men who take your money.  You have to be a lesbian,

Looking out: ‘You always get these men who take your money! All the time! Stop marrying men who take your money. You have to be a lesbian,” Walters said, before adding, “But with your luck, they’d take your money too.”

Their first divorce ended with a nasty custody battle over the couple’s son, Jeffrey Jr, who they welcomed in April 2005.

Her second divorce was also contentious and lasted for several years as Lamar fought her over child support for their son, Lamar Jr., who was born using Lamar’s sperm and a donated egg.

Sherri has no genetic link to Lamar Jr. -who was born via surrogacy after the couple split-and fought to keep her name from being printed on the birth certificate, but a court ultimately ruled that she is legally responsible for the child.

Remembering: Sherri was joined by former co-hosts including Whoopi Goldberg, Lisa Ling and Joy Behar as they remembered Walters, who created the daytime talk show in 1997

Remembering: Sherri was joined by former co-hosts including Whoopi Goldberg, Lisa Ling and Joy Behar as they remembered Walters, who created the daytime talk show in 1997

Pretty in pink: Sherri was seen outside The View studio in New York on Tuesday rocking an all-pink ensemble

Pretty in pink: Sherri was seen outside The View studio in New York on Tuesday rocking an all-pink ensemble

Elsewhere on the show, Sherri also recalled how she always felt “protective” of Walters, and that the feeling was mutual.

‘I just remember feeling so protective of this woman who was so protective of me, who would defend me fiercely, no matter what gaffes I made at the table.’

The View debuted in August 1997, and more than 20 women have had permanent roles as co-hosts on the morning talk show.

The show featured interviews with a wide variety of guests and discussed a variety of topics from news and politics to entertainment.

Twice Married: Shepherd has been married twice.  She was with Lamar Sally from 2011 to 2015. The couple had a contentious divorce that lasted several years and involved a complex child support payment battle;  In the photo 2014

Twice Married: Shepherd has been married twice. She was with Lamar Sally from 2011 to 2015. The couple had a contentious divorce that lasted several years and involved a complex child support payment battle; In the photo 2014

No luck in love: Before him, she was married to Jeff Tarpley from 2001 to 2010. Her first divorce also ended with a nasty custody battle over the couple's son, Jeffrey Jr;  In the photo 2012

No luck in love: Before him, she was married to Jeff Tarpley from 2001 to 2010. Her first divorce also ended with a nasty custody battle over the couple’s son, Jeffrey Jr; In the photo 2012

View’s original lineup consisted of Walters, Joy Behar, Star Jones, Meredith Vieira and Debbie Matenopoulos.

Sherri wrote a long tribute to the late journalist upon hearing the sad news of Barbara’s death on Friday. On Instagram, she posted herself sitting next to Walters as the two chatted.

The talk show host began her tribute by expressing: ‘Barbara was hard on me, but she was hard on those she loved. Barbara gave me a chance to grow. She encouraged me (no…she TOLD me) to speak up or stay back. She told me never to take no for an answer.

Permanent co-host: Shepherd - who joined The View in 2007 and left in 2014 - also recalled how Walters would

Permanent co-host: Shepherd – who joined The View in 2007 and left in 2014 – also recalled how Walters would “fiercely defend” her despite the “gaffes” she committed at the table; Pictured in a 2014 photo by The View

She also added that Walters was close with her son, Jeffrey, and that the two hosts would enjoy dinner parties together. ‘I told her I’ve always wanted to end our night with a sleepover with matching pajamas (you can imagine the expression on her face).

Sherri called Barbara ‘Mother Lion’ and thanked her, ‘for giving a shy girl who didn’t like to debate a seven-year chance at life. You believing in me changed my life.’

During an earlier interview with People in 2020, Shepherd revealed that ‘Barbara was so hard on me. I cried for three years in my dressing room because she was so hard on me, but she did it out of love.’

The TV personality added that the news anchor would tell her, ‘I love you, I just need you to read a book honey and learn to stand up for what you believe in.’ And speak louder, further expressing, ‘It was the most painful experience I’ve ever had, but it was the best experience.’

Long tribute: Sheri left a detailed tribute to her fellow co-star on Instagram on Friday

Long tribute: Sheri left a detailed tribute to her fellow co-star on Instagram on Friday

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