“The View” wasn’t rosy for Sherri Shepherd on Tuesday night’s “Dancing with the Stars.” The TV host known for her big smile was drowning in tears as she was voted off on Week 4 of the competition in a shocking elimination.
In fact, Sherri was so emotional that she skipped the traditional post-show interviews with reporters backstage. Only a few times in “Dancing with the Stars” history has a competitor avoided exit interviews with the press. But reporters were told that Sherri would do an interview with Jimmy Kimmel and nothing else on Tuesday night. Sherri was back on “The View” Wednesday morning, where she did talk briefly about her feelings.
“It was tears of joy … You guys know I wanted to do this for so long,” Shepherd said, crying once again, as she got cheers and a standing ovation from “The View” audience and her co-hosts, who exclaimed “She was robbed!”
“It was devastating,” Sherri added, “to be taken off the ride so soon.”
Sherri got the boot after her tango with partner Val Chmerkovskiy got Monday night’s second lowest score, a 21 (with only Gladys Knight below her at 20). Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said the dance didn’t suit Sherri’s exuberant spirit and her face was expressionless. Still, no one thought the popular “View” star was in danger of elimination so soon.
Sherri had a rough start on the show when critics accused her of cheating by taking secret dance classes—but she denied the charge and quickly rose above the controversy, bringing a cheery attitude to the set every week. And she touched viewers during the very personal Story Week by talking about her son Jeffery’s difficult birth and hugging him in the audience.
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After the surprise exit, with Sherri and her partner having left the ballroom, XfinityTV got some reaction from Sherri’s fellow “DWTS” competitors.
Gladys Knight said, “It’s a sad night. We were having so much fun and it’s a family. It’s like somebody died.” Her partner Tristan MacManus sighed, “It’s a shock alright. I don’t think anyone expected it.”
Gladys told XfinityTV that Sherri brought “amazing things” to “DWTS.” “She had the heart; she had the spirit; she was funny. She just gritted it out. This is hard work.”
Dancer Kym Johnson said, “I did not see that coming at all. Her time on the show was very short-lived.” Her partner Jaleel White added, “You hear the stories about the unpredictable eliminations and until you see it and it happens to somebody that you love and you particularly bonded with — everybody’s kind of a little catatonic right now because she has a very big personality and we like to feel it when we go rehearse.”
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Mark Ballas — who experienced one of the most shocking eliminations in “DWTS” history himself when his Season 5 partner Sabrina Bryan bit the ballroom dust early – said Sherri’s ouster is similar. “Sherri is so awesome. I never thought it was going to be her in a million years. I definitely had her pegged to be in the later stretch of the competition — quarter final, semi final, even finalist, maybe.” But it just showed, Mark said, what a strong dance season it is: “Everyone’s really good.”
Monday night, Sherri seemed optimistic about sticking around on “DWTS,” telling reporters, “I am loving life here.” Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be.
Meanwhile, the remaining stars are getting ready for next week’s Latin dances — and a simultaneous “dance duel” between the bottom two dancers in which the judges will decide which one moves on.
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