Sheryl Underwood has certainly found a great amount of success thanks to her gig as a co-host on “The Talk.” But before landing success on TV, Underwood was a rising comedienne on the standup circuit and was even approached about being a part of the famous Queens of Comedy tour. But in a candid confession on “The Talk” this week, Underwood revealed that she declined a spot on the tour because some of the other queens dissed her.
This week, the ladies of “The Talk” have all been revealing major secrets about their lives to their viewers, and when it came time for Underwood to reveal her secret, she chose to open up about her bad experience with the Queens of Comedy.
Underwood explained that she had initially been offered a spot on the tour but turned it down when producers failed to give her enough details about of her potential deal. After the film became a major success and Mo’Nique left the tour, producer Walter Latham contacted Underwood again to ask her to be a part of a second taping for the comedy concert.
However, when Underwood phoned in early for a conference call to discuss the tour, she placed herself on mute and, shockingly, heard fellow comediennes bashing her on the call.
“There’s a conference call. And in my enthusiasm, I want to be punctual. So I dial into this conference call, thinking that I’m going to be on time. So I dial into this call and what I hear is Sommore, Adele Givens and Laura Hayes talking about me on this call. I hear discussions about my appearance. I hear discussions about my ability, ‘Why is she going to be a part?’ ‘What do we need her for?’ This is my recollection of this call. And I was startled and hurt. I was so shocked and hurt that I could not unmute my phone to go ‘Aye b—-, I hear you!’” Underwood explained.
“But I thought take notes, listen because rarely would we hear someone talking about us and saying what they truly feel about us. And then after I listened to all this – and I want every woman to hear this – I was bruised but I wasn’t broken,” Underwood added.
Underwood says that after the call, she contacted Latham and politely declined his offer. She also says that she worked with or saw all of the women after hearing them bash her. But instead of shading them back, she says she decided to learn from their criticism.
“I decided to take the truth of what they’re saying and their right to have an opinion and make myself an even better person. And I know you’re probably thinking, why are you saying it now? Because I’m right where I belong,” Underwood said.
“I’m not mad at any of these women. I thank them for the blessing of telling me something that maybe I needed to hear because this is where I needed to get to and they helped me get there,” she added.
Check out some of what Laura Hayes and Adele Givens had to say about Underwood’s accusations after the cut. – nicholas robinson