5 Things with Sheryl Underwood
It’s been four years since comedian Sheryl Underwood took the stage of The Talk as the show’s new co-host. Since then, she’s been able to create some unforgettable moments that will forever be etched in the series’ history.
Just think back to the moment she fed Michael Ealy a bite of key lime cake or the time she kicked it with the athletes of the XLVII Super Bowl in New Orleans.
The star has been able to bring her undeniable charisma and charm to the program for five seasons, and people have taken notice. In fact, she’s helped the CBS talk show score four Daytime Emmy Award nominations including “Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment” and “Outstanding Talk Show Host(s).”
Now, the funny woman is gearing up for season 6, which premieres Monday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. est, and she’s looking forward to the all-new episodes full of laughter, light and love.
Before heading to a meet and greet at her alma mater, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Underwood sat down with JET to let us know what’s been on her mind lately. She chatted about her stint as a lingerie model, Donald Trump’s presidential run and an exclusive clip that’ll be airing during premiere week about a “stumble” she made.
“Right now, I’m trying to get into that Fetty Wap. I like what Drake is doing and the beefs and the battles. I like Nicki Minaj blasting ole girl [Miley Cyrus] at the VMAs. I watch anything with some cutie pies in it. Also, I watch our show The Talk to see how we can get it better.” She reveals, “This season I’m going to discuss a stumble that I made. It’s not a secret, but it’s a reveal of an apology to our people, because I made a mistake and it took me on a journey. I think that’s going to be interesting.”
“I have my own app where I afford students of HBCUs the ability to do radio in a real world environment. I want young people to have the same opportunities that I had. HBCUs have to stay alive,” she says. “I got my Bachelors degree from UIC, where I joined Zeta Phi Beta, and my Master’s from Governor State University. Had I known Chicago State was a historically Black college, I might have made a different choice.”
“My specialty dish is german chocolate cake from scratch. They should let me do it on the show, but it takes so long,” she explains. “I’ve learned a lot of things in the kitchen on the cooking segment of The Talk, too.”
“As I have said in my comedy, now white people know how it feels to have somebody crazy and ignorant talking for them. We live in a country where you can have a Donald Trump [running for president], but is that who we want to lead the free world?” she poses. “If you want to make it about something else, that’s unAmerican. You make it about what you’re going to do to make our country greater and how you will make us feel proud to be Americans.”
“During college, I was lingerie modeling. A lot of people say, ‘Why would you divulge that?’ Well, I think that God tells you what you should and should not be doing, and I wasn’t a great lingerie model,” she admits. “I was doing every legal thing I could to put myself through school. But there was no job that was a bad job. Everything that I did helped get me to where I am today.”