The former View cohost is embroiled in a legal battle over whether she is the mother of a 7-month-old baby

By Tim Nudd
March 13, 2015 09:45 AM
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Sherri Shepherd is getting by with a little help from her friends.

It’s been a tough week for the former cohost of The View, as court hearings have been taking place to determine whether Shepherd, 47, should be declared the mother of a baby boy born to a surrogate last August.

Shepherd hasn’t spoken publicly about the matter, but she did write several posts on Twitter overnight in which she thanked friends – including Cynthia Occelli and Todd Chrisley – for helping her through her “craziness.”


Shepherd and her ex-husband, Lamar Sally, have been battling over financial responsibility for Lamar Sally Jr., who was born to surrogate Jessica Bartholomew and is now 7 months old. Bartholomew is listed as the mother on the birth certificate, but Sally wants Shepherd to be named the mother.

Sally has said Shepherd wants nothing to do with the baby, even though, before they split, they agreed to pursue surrogacy together using his sperm and a donor egg.

It’s up to the judge to decide if Shepherd, the gestational carrier or the anonymous egg donor is the legal mother.

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