Sherri Shepherd Cries On 'The View', Says She Decided To Leave In Spring

Sherri Shepard on June 10, 2014 Sherri Shepard on June 10, 2014

Sherri Shepherd got emotional on Monday’s “The View.”

In her first live show since news of her departure broke, the talk show host cried while talking about her upcoming exit.

“It is true that I’m leaving ‘The View,’” she said. “Some people have known since the spring that I was leaving.”

PHOTOS: Famous Faces Visit ‘The View’

Sherri explained that she didn’t want to take the spotlight off Barbara Walters’ retirement from the ABC talk show with her own announcement.

“I didn’t want to do anything to distract from Barbara Walters and our celebration of her retirement in May,” she said. “You guys know that I often talk about my faith. I’m a woman of faith and seven in the Bible is the number of God’s completion. And I’ve been here seven years, and my time at ‘The View’ is complete.”

She went on to thank her fellow ladies at the table for their support.

WATCH: ‘The View’: Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy Out

“I’m gonna forever be grateful to Barbara Walters and [executive producer] Bill Geddie for taking a chance on an actress and a comedienne and making me learn things and making me step out of my comfort zone, for giving me a chance. When everybody said I shouldn’t be at this table, they gave me a chance,” Sherri said. “I wanna say I’ve made friendships and sisterhood for life at this table. Elisabeth Hasselbeck is my sister for life. Joy Behar is my sister for life.

She then addressed Jenny McCarthy, who is also exiting the show and said, “You are my sister.”

The 47-year-old took time to single out Whoopi Goldberg.

“You my friend have been a mentor to me. I love you so much, Whoopi Goldberg, because Whoopi Goldberg has had my back,” she continued. “Even when I didn’t appreciate it, she’s always had my back.”

-- Jesse Spero

Copyright 2014 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.