Sherri Shepherd was in Atlanta this week accompanying Stevie Baggs on press runs promoting the new show on We TV in which Shepherd serves as executive producer, “Match Made in Heaven.” We all know how very vocal Shepherd was about the lack of color on the show “The Bachelor.” When given the opportunity to make a difference, Shepherd decided to walk the walk and not just talk about it.
Rolling out got a chance to catch up with Shepherd on the red carpet at the We TV premiere of “Match Made in Heaven,” and “Braxton Family Values” in Atlanta. We asked Shepherd if she was the one to pick Baggs as the Black eligible bachelor for the show. Sherri admitted she didn’t personally pick Stevie; however, she gave strict guidelines as to the type of man she was looking for.
The requirements called for a man who is God fearing, loves his mother, has integrity, character, and is looking for a serious relationship. Shepherd was very specific about not wanting anyone fake. Baggs was the one she agreed was all that and handsome. Seems like Shepherd wanted to release her inner cougar but she decided to let the 18 girls have a stab at winning over his heart first. Now the one thing the girls are not aware of is Baggs is a momma’s boy and there’s not too much they are going to do to engage with him that won’t merit his mom Lola Robinson’s solicited or unsolicited presence. Every business venture, every charity event, every move he makes, they better look forward to seeing Robinson present.
After viewing the show, which was pretty interesting, Baggs was everything and more to most of the girls. One of the girls even confessed to being in “love at first sight” and admitted to him how she couldn’t imagine life without him. Sooooo, I’m thinking, wait, didn’t you just meet? I know I believe in the famous Jerry McGuire line “You had me at hello,” but that had nothing to do with “love at first sight.” Another one of the girls was crying when they first met and couldn’t remember any of her words. Shepherd says these girls were not actors. I do believe they weren’t good actors but some of them either turned up for the cameras, or were a part of the biggest thirst trap I had ever laid my eyes on.
We also caught up to Trina Braxton, who verified she kept her word and didn’t name Tamar’s drink “Yes Gawd” at Bar Chix, but verified that all the sisters have a signature drink. Bar Chix has added more tasty tapas entrees to the menu and there is a Sunday buffet brunch that takes place every weekend. She didn’t tell us too much about what to expect this season on the Braxton family values; however I did learn that mama Braxton has suffered a mini stroke. We will get to find out if she’s going to be taken care of by the West coast or East coast resident daughters of hers.
Stay tuned in on Thursday nights to see We TV’s wonderful shows starting at 9pm/eastern: “Cuttin in the ATL”, “Braxton Family Values” and “Match Made in Heaven,” starring Atlanta’s own Stevie “Shakesphere” Baggs. I admit it’s going to be hard watching Stevie love on all these women but much easier realizing they are the ones who will have to deal with his mom Lola Robinson, who I believe will end up stealing the show.
Take a sneak peak at who we caught up with on the noisy, busy red carpet, after the break.