Sherri Shepherd’s ‘View’ co-stars are wedding no-shows
Stella’s column WITH STELLA FOSTER email@example.com August 15, 2011 10:20PM
Sherri Shepherd and Lamar Sally
Updated: November 16, 2011 1:29AM
I UNDERSTAND that folks at the wedding ceremony of ABC’S “The View” Sherri Shepherd were shocked that Shepherd’s other “View” co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters and Joy Behar were conspicuously absent. Shepherd married her sweetie, TV writer Lamar “Sal” Sally, at the Fairmont Hotel in Chi-Town on Saturday and looked absolutely gorgeous.
A wedding source said, “I assumed that they would be there as did all of the wedding party and guests, or they should have at least sent a video of congratulations as well as expressing why they regret they could not attend or to show they were at least there for Sal & Sherry in spirit.”
Short of being in the hospital , the Whoopster and Barbara-wa-wa should have been there. New York is only a short plane ride. And some insiders
are asking why did co-host Joy Behar, who has been saying for over 30 years that she and her longtime lover, Steve Janowitz, would never marry, decide to privately wed in New York the Thursday before Sherri’s wedding?
The bridal party, after their official rehearsal Friday night at the hotel, were seen celebrating with the couple over dinner at the downtown P.F. Chang’s. The group included co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck and husband, Tim Hasselbeck, former NFL star now with ESPN; actress Niecy (“Clean House”) Nash and new hubby, Jay Tucker; actress Yvette (“Community”) Nicole Brown and comedienne Kym Whitley. Chang’s president Lane Cardwell was in the house to greet them all. The eatery presented them with a special red velvet cake, the bride’s favorite. One of Sherri’s adoring fans happened to be celebrating her birthday at the eatery, and Sherri graciously took pictures and the fan told her how “skinny she looked.” Local music retailer George Daniels was among the many wedding guests and was seen dancing with Hasselbeck at the reception. (Were they steppin’?)
Before the wedding, the couple posed for pictures on top of a Chicago double decker tour bus. On Sunday morning, they hosted a breakfast/brunch for their wedding party and out-of-town guests and that evening, they dined alone at Gibsons Steakhouse.
ACTRESS KITA Williams of the popular VH-1 “T. O. Show” also flew in for the ceremony and excitedly told this reporter that the third season of her hit sports reality show, starring NFL superstar Terrell Owens, Monique Jackson and Williams, debuts Aug. 22, and they are currently filming in Florida.
Williams and Jackson, who co-own Team Image Public Relations, not only are regulars on the show, but are the co-creators/exec producers. I asked how free-agent receiver Terrell was healing from surgery on a torn ACL and if the 37-year-old former Bengal is dating: “He is definitely ahead of schedule with his rehab and will be ready to play this NFL season as soon as a team is ready for the star receiver and future Hall of Famer,” said Williams. I mentioned that his name has come up in a few articles regarding the Bears. “He’s ready to take the Bears back to the Super Bowl,” she said. “He is a free agent in his personal and professional life and is now living between Los Angeles and Miami where we are still taping.” Kita also told me that this season there will be a lot more drama and that she will be showing more skin. “T.O. and I do get together between the sheets . . . but not like you think,” she said.
Chicago’s Catrice Armstrong of PR Werks LLC represents Williams.
THE WOMEN IN FILM CHICAGO annual Focus award gala is Oct. 13 at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza. This year’s honorees are Chaz Ebert, wife of Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert and producer of the “Ebert Presents At the Movies” and the Ebert Film Festival; Linda Jack of Grossman & Jack Talent Agency and Karen O’Hara, an Oscar-winning Hollywood set decorator.
THE SIGHTS: Ald. Ed Burke and wife, state Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, hosted a re-election campaign reception for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez at their home last week. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Gov. Pat Quinn, Speaker of the House Mike Madigan and City Clerk Susana Mendoza attended. . . . Controversial House Speaker John Boehner ate at Gibsons in Oak Brook. . . . NBC’s Al Roker and family chowed down with Sara Lee exec Jon and Allie Harris and nutritionist Melissa Li at the Quay eatery. Roker also ate breakfast at the Oak Tree.
BIRTHDAY PEOPLE: Madonna, Carol Moseley Braun, Sun-Times’ publisher John Barron, belated to WMAQ-Channel 5’s Lauren Jiggetts and Roxanne (Gibsons) Atkins. On Wednesday: Sandy Isakson.Well, that’s Stella in the City!