The View co-host Sherri Shepherd is the new host of NickMom Night Out, which airs on NickMom every Saturday at 10 p.m. EST. The series “gives moms a chance to get out and laugh, “and it focuses on “being married and having children.”
Sherri opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about how “no subject is taboo” on NickMom Night Out, her favorite part about being a co-host on The View, and her book Plan D: How To Lose Weight And Beat Diabetes. She also reveals how she truly feels about her six year old son Jeffrey‘s crush on Jenny McCarthy!
CBS: You host NickMom Night Out, which airs on NickMom. What is the series all about?
SS: “The series gives moms a chance to get out and laugh. We give the audience a little bit of enlightenment, drinks, and edgy comedy. Moms need to laugh too! We thought the show was so great to have. Our studio audience is mostly filled with women, and they all love being there.
The show focuses a lot on just being married and having children, and we also have comics who talk about dating, their parents…no subject is taboo.”
CBS: How did you become part of the show? Why do you think other moms will enjoy the series?
SS: “They called and asked me if I wanted to be a part of the show. I’ve been a fan of the show for a long time, because I watched it when Tisha Campbell- Martina, Judy Gold, and Caroline Rhea hosted it. I loved the show, so I was really thrilled when they asked me if I could do the show’s New York run. I thought it was so great and I had such a good time with the ladies. They had just gotten off work and were ready to party!
I think other moms will enjoy the series, because it is just for them. We touch on a lot of subjects that kick moms into high gear, such as motherhood, being married, how we keep it together, and being a daughter-in-law, dealing with the in-laws, and having to deal with our kids’ homework. The show gets in right where we live.”
CBS: You also currently co-host The View. What is your favorite part about being on the show?
SS: “I love sitting next to the really wonderful ladies, because they challenge me every single day. I have to be mentally prepared when I come to the table. Sitting next to Barbara Walters is no joke, because she challenges you to really keep an open mind and ask questions that nobody else has asked.
The show has experienced a lot of growth since I first started co-hosting it. I am used to doing sitcoms and making people laugh, but The View really forced me to pay attention to world events and politics. It made me figure out how these things affect me and what my place in the world is. It really opened up my eyes and showed me a different side to many things.”
CBS: You are also the author of the book, Plan D: How To Lose Weight And Beat Diabetes. Please tell us why you wrote the book.
SS: “I wrote the book because I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2007. My mom passed away from diabetic complications when she was 41 years old. When I was diagnosed, I didn’t know where to turn, what to do, and what to eat. I thought I had to give up eating everything, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I had to find a new relationship with food and I had to figure out how to make food and exercise work for me. This is really the best I’ve felt in years! I wanted to write a book for people who were diagnosed with diabetes and were scared, and also for people who heard the term ‘pre diabetes.’ The book is kind of like a ‘Diabetes for Dummies.’”
CBS: You are a host, comedienne, actress, and book author. Are there any other endeavors you hope to accomplish?
SS: “I just finished a film with Chris Rock called Finally Famous, where I play his ex-girlfriend. I also finished eight episodes of How I Met Your Mother, and I would love to produce. I love sitcoms and making people laugh, so I’d love to get back into the sitcom world.”
CBS: Tell us about your son, Jeffrey. How old is he and what does he like to do for fun? What’s it like to raise a boy?
SS: “Jeffrey is eight years old, and he loves dancing and basketball. He better have a girlfriend who loves to dance and loves sports. [laughs] He just got a kiss from Jenny McCarthy, so that’s all he can talk about.
I love being the mother of a boy, because I think boys are lower maintenance than girls. Girls are very high maintenance. However, I am into fashion and it kind of sucks with boys because you just buy them three pairs of jeans and five Polo shirts in different colors and call it a day. That’s the sucky thing, but I love boys because you can scream ‘knock it off!’ at them and they will cry for thirty seconds and then jump right back on the couch and try to fly. It is so low maintenance, but you’re constantly worried about other girls taking your son’s heart. For example, he doesn’t want me to kiss him anymore, because he says his lips are reserved for Jenny McCarthy. That hit me in a place where I’m about to go kill Jenny McCarthy and hide her body.” [laughs]
CBS: How has motherhood changed you? What are the greatest rewards of motherhood?
SS: “Motherhood showed me where my priorities are. Before I had Jeffrey, I lived and breathed my career; It was all about hustling and trying to find the next job. With Jeffrey, it’s much more easier to say ‘no’ to jobs. My priority is Jeffrey, so I have to say ‘no’ if anything takes me away from him. You don’t see me at a lot of red carpet events, clubs, or parties, because I have to be up at five in the morning to help my son get dressed for school. It’s easier to say ‘no’ to a bunch of stuff.
In regard to the greatest rewards of motherhood, I think that your children are an extension of you. When Jeffrey says ‘please’ to someone or he is very polite, I go, ‘I did that!’ On the other hand, when he runs around and farts in front of people I also go, ‘I did that!’ [laughs]
The big challenge I had to overcome was when I was potty-training him. That was just crazy. Someone told me to just let him walk around naked, but he ended up crapping everywhere. This boy was like a Doberman Pinscher, because he was peeing everywhere. I was so braggadocious, because he didn’t go through the ‘Terrible Two’s.’ I would brag to everyone, ‘My son never went through that. He’s fine.’ However, he got me back with the ‘Terrible Three’s!’ He caused havoc in the Apple Store on 14th street, and they now have a picture of Jeffrey and I with a red line through our faces. When he was three, he put on such a temper tantrum.”
CBS: What else is up next for you?
SS: “I am working on another book, and I got some more TV projects coming down the pike. I also want another baby with my husband, so sometime in between hosting The View and everything, I have to find time to have a sex date night with my hubby. I also think I have PTA meetings I have to make cupcakes for.”