Sherri Shepherd on Oprah call: ‘I took 15 page of notes’

Ahead of the Sept. 12 premiere of her upcoming daytime talk show, Sherri Shepherd took part in a master class with talk show queen Oprah Winfrey.

During the production of Sherri, the host spoke to Winfrey over the phone.

The former The View panelist told Entertainment Weekly about the conversation she was having when the Emmys Hall of Famer called her.

“The advice she gave me to do a talk show, I took 15 pages of notes until my fingers cramped,” Shepherd said. “I took a potassium pill because my fingers were cramped and I couldn’t write anymore. I said, ‘Wait a minute, I have to remember this because no one is going to believe I’m talking to Oprah and I’m laughing with her.’”

The Oprah Winfrey Show ran from 1986 to 2011 and received 47 Daytime Emmy nominations. Its success led to several spinoff shows, including The Dr. Oz Show”, “Dr. Phil” and “Rachael Ray”. Winfrey attracted at least 17 million viewers for her wide-ranging interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2021.

Shepherd also spoke about the most valuable tip she received from Winfrey.

“One thing I took from Oprah is she said, ‘Sherri, the show isn’t about the ratings, it’s about the energy. You radiate the energy and it will come back from the audience in direct proportion to you. It is your responsibility. You are responsible for the energy that goes into your show.” I felt like I was like, damn, I just wanted to do some viral videos and make people laugh. But it’s true, it’s the energy that you radiate, that’s why we love Oprah.”

Winfrey expressed some of her own early fears as a host when she spoke to The Times in 1992, saying, “I’ve always been scared of dating celebrities.”

She recalled an interview with Elvis Presley’s former wife, Priscilla Presley, in the mid-1970s, where she was so nervous she could barely get a word out.

“Couldn’t mention Elvis! Five minutes with this woman and I couldn’t mention Elvis?” Winfrey said of the lackluster interaction. “I went in there and was basically going ‘boo, boo, boo’ until they carried me out.”

Winfrey eventually learned how to handle celebrities but held on to other levels of relationship skill.

“One of my greatest assets is knowing that I am no different than the viewer. I consider myself a substitute viewer,” she said.

Shepherd, who stepped in to host the final season of The Wendy Williams Show, knows what her next steps will be after her conversation with Winfrey.

“I’m going to literally frame the 15 pages of notes,” Shepherd said. “I don’t even throw them away. These will be in my memoirs, my biopic, the notes will be on the wall.” Sherri Shepherd on Oprah call: ‘I took 15 page of notes’

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