Sherri Shepherd is preparing for the September 12 launch of her new daytime talk show to replace Wendy Williams.
Shepherd said she learned lessons from Williams, who kept her viewers on the edge of their seats with her witty commentary and Hot Topics.
However, Shepherd plans to create a “safe space” for celebrities on her show.
Shepherd says her new talk show will be a combination of Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres‘ former talk shows.
Shepherd told DailyMail.com she plans to keep the atmosphere friendly and light. She hopes to attract high caliber guests, including former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Shepherd said she also wouldn’t mind “the guy that she is married to” coming on her show as well.
Shepherd was named as Wendy Williams’ replacement in February while substituting for Williams who was on medical hiatus.
Shepherd said she has not spoken to Williams and the two women are no longer friends.
Wendy Williams has asked her fans to boycott Shepherd’s new show.