Shocking Reason Sherri Shepherd Did Jail Time

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Talk show host Sherri Shepherd has revealed she spent a little time behind bars prior to launching a successful career in television. She, however, is not ashamed of her time in jail. In fact, she values it as a learning experience. And, she seemingly enjoys sharing the story with other people.

What exactly did she go to jail for and how long was she locked up? Keep reading for the details.

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Sherri Shepherd’s jail time comes to light

Turns out, there is a side to Sherri Shepherd that fans of her talk show don’t know about. A side involving a criminal history and time behind bars. During a recent interview with Page Six, Sherri admits that she spent some time being locked up before she managed to lock down a successful career in television.

The talk show host, however, doesn’t find her criminal history or time behind bars to be embarrassing. In fact, she considers jail to be a classroom. And, she believes she learned an important life lesson.

She explained: “Yeah, I went to jail for not paying my tickets. At the time I did not think being in jail was a good moment, but looking back I learned to pay all my bills. Jail, that was a classroom… it was a life lesson, and now I pay my bills on time.”

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Jail changed her life

In the early 90s, during the very beginning of her career, Sherri ended up behind bars for eight days because she owed $10,000 in moving violations.

Sherri Shepherd recalled: “One of the girls in jail said, ‘Leave Sherri alone because she’s gonna be somebody and we are going to be here for the rest of our lives,’ literally that’s what she used to say.” 

Sherri added that the girl’s name was Shelby and she was a guest at both of Sherri’s weddings. The talk show host proceeded to explain that Shelby reminded her that “sometimes people see things in you that you don’t see yourself.” And, she would always remember the words Shelby said to her behind bars: “Sherri is gonna be somebody.”

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Sherri Shepherd – Instagram

Are you surprised to learn about Sherri’s criminal history? Did you know Sherri Shepherd did time behind bars? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below. And, keep coming back for more TV news.

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  1. everyone makes a mistake the world is so cruel we as people need to stop pointing fingers cause we all have a pass you guys just afraid to talk about yours go Sherry you learn from your mistakes if we didn’t make mistakes how would we LEARN WORLD……

  2. you are so right we all make mistakes and we learn from them but some people want to put you down that’s why I love you sherri because you are a honest person I am a fan of yours.

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