Sherri Shepherd said she can’t keep her ex-husband from finding work because he didn’t have a job when she met him.
The 52-year-old comedian and actress was stopped by paparazzi at LAX and they asked Shepherd about Lamar Sally’s claims that she’s been vindictive towards him after their split, even going so far as to keep him from being able to get jobs as a television writer. However, Shepherd said not only is that far from the truth, but she also has no interest in keeping him from collecting his own checks. In case you missed it, she’s been paying him child support for the son they brought into the world via surrogate, whom he has custody of. According to TMZ, she pays him $4,100 a month.
“I don’t have the power to stop people from getting a job in Hollywood,” she said. “As a matter of fact, if I had superpowers, I would have everyone get a job so they could stop getting money from me.”
By everyone, Shepherd was referring not only to Sally but also her first husband, Jeff Tarpley, with whom she shares son Jeffrey and pays child support to as well.
As for Sally, she noted that while he claims she’s blackballed him from getting work, according to Shepherd, he’s been lacking job opportunities for a long time, including when she met him.
“I don’t think he was working when I got with him, so I don’t have those kind of powers,” she said.
She does admit he’s a talented writer, but that he’s going to have to stop trying to use her name for money, attention and opportunities if he wants to make it in the business.
Shepherd’s comments come after Sally responded negatively to an interview she did with DL Hughley where she stated that so many famous people in her circle told her that he wasn’t right for her. Still, she ignored the warnings (including a red flag like him not working…) because she was tired of being alone and horny.
“I was in a place in New York by myself, lonely,” she said. “At the time I was in my 40s and scared. I was like, ‘I’m getting older, who’s going to want to be in a relationship?’ It was a lot of stuff done out of fear. I was also raised in the church to believe you can’t have sex before you get married, so I was horny! The whole celibacy thing, this idea that it’s better to get married than to burn. So I got married too because I was horny, and look, we never had sex.”