*Lamar Sally is again talking about his ex-wife Sherri Shepherd to Radar Online, saying she has made his life “a living hell” over her decision not to acknowledge their surrogate baby.
The former co-host of “The View” is currently appealing a Pennsylvania court ruling that forces her to pay Sally child support for their one-year-old son Lamar Jr. (LJ), who was born via surrogate. Sherri is also still trying to get her name removed from LJ’s birth certificate.
“My honest opinion is that it’s very hurtful that she would take it this far because the first conversation that we had is that we both wanted a baby,” Sally, 44, told Radar Online. “We both paid for the surrogate—she paid for the majority—and we talked about it numerous times: about LJ being born. So for her to come out now to take it this far to the Supreme Court is just baffling to me. It hurts that LJ is growing up without a mother.”
Shepherd has not been part of LJ’s life at all since his birth, which took place after Lamar and Sherri split.
“She has never met LJ,” Sally confirmed. “She has never reached out for anything. She has never asked for pictures.”
Sally said she even returned a holiday greeting. “I sent her a Christmas card the first year he was born—he was like four months—and it came back,” he said.
Shepherd has also never sent LJ any presents or cards either.
“Never received anything,” Sally said. “We don’t communicate. She prefers to go through lawyers.”
“It hurts now because when she’s on TV, she will refer to him as ‘Lamar’s child,’” said Sally. “I’m like, ‘This is our son. This is our baby.’ So it’s very hurtful that she doesn’t recognize him in public or private.”
For Sally, Shepherd’s actions are extremely confusing.
“I don’t know why she doesn’t want to be a part of his life,” he said. “He’s a really good baby. He’s charismatic and always laughing and smiling. She’s really missing out on a lot. He’s really something special.”
“Sherri has literally made my life a living hell as far as what she has done to my reputation in the media, what she has put me through,” Sally continued. “I am $100k in debt because of this with lawyer fees.”
“And now she’s left me to be a single parent of a sick child,” he added. “It’s just not right.”
Reflecting on everything, Sally is shocked by the way Shepherd handles the situation.
“To have it come from someone that I loved and loved enough to marry and become a stepfather to her child… she won’t let me have anything to do with my stepson [and] she doesn’t want to be a part of LJ’s life,” he said. “It’s bad.”
Sally is now in the process of filming a reality show to share what his experience has been like trying to raise LJ as a single dad, and to communicate his side of the story in his ongoing battle with Shepherd.