Sherri Shepherd, the celebrated television personality, is paying heartfelt tribute to her late friend and mentor, Bill Geddie. As news of Geddie’s passing spread, Shepherd fondly recalled the life-changing impact he had on her career during her appearance on “The View.” Co-creator of the show alongside Barbara Walters and one of its executive producers, Geddie played a pivotal role in shaping Shepherd’s journey.
Grateful for the opportunity Geddie offered her back in 2007, Shepherd acknowledged how he saw potential in her as a single mother and stand-up comic with little knowledge of politics. He believed in her ability to connect with the audience and urged her to find her voice.
Sharing a lighthearted moment from her early days on “The View,” Shepherd recounted a humorous incident where she questioned whether the Earth was round or flat. Geddie’s response, “This is ratings, baby,” exemplified his encouragement for diverse viewpoints on the show and his belief in allowing personalities to shine without undue apologies.
The show, “The View,” took to Instagram to honor Geddie’s pioneering contributions to television and express the impact he had on the show’s creation and production over 17 years. Geddie’s family also released a touching statement, highlighting his significance as a beloved husband, father, and television trailblazer.
In her own heartfelt Instagram post, Shepherd expressed her devastation over Geddie’s passing, referring to him as a mentor, a great leader, and a cherished friend. She emphasized the profound influence he had on her career and how he consistently pushed her to exceed her own expectations.
As Sherri Shepherd and the television community mourn the loss of Bill Geddie, his indelible mark on the industry and the lives of those he touched will continue to resonate, serving as a testament to his lasting legacy.