March 05, 2012 2:46pm PT by Michael O'Connell
'Dancing With the Stars': Sherri Shepherd Braces for Double Duty (Video)
It's no coincidence that Sherri Shepherd gets to cut back on the hours at her day job to appear on Dancing With the Stars. The ABC employee will be splitting time between her job on The View and the primetime competition.
"As soon as the results show is over, we have to hop on a red eye and go tape three shows of The View and then come back immediately and start rehearsing," Shepherd tells The Hollywood Reporter of her and partner Val Chmerkovskiy's new schedule. "It's going to be difficult, but I work for a woman named Barbara Walters and she has taught me well about how to handle more than one thing."
Shepherd is partnered with Chmerkovskiy (younger brother to DWTS veteran Maks) in his second season on the show. And after one rehearsal together, he seems optimistic about her versatility.
"We'll put in the time," says Chmerkovskiy. "She has all the essentials to be successful in whatever style we do."
Shepherd's inclusion in the cast comes after several seasons of the daytime host and actress debating on-air about whether or not she could make the commitment to the series and overcoming her anxiety about performing.
"The more scared I got, the more I knew I had to say yes and do it," she says. "Choreography doesn't come natural to me. It's much different dropping it like its hot for your husband than actually getting into a hold and having a frame."
She seems to have the lingo down already. Watch THR's full interview with Shepherd in the above video.