Lamar Sally is opening up about the birth of his son, Lamar Sally Jr, and the ugly split from Sherri Shepherd that he says put him on welfare! More inside...
Ummm....Sherri Shepherd's pre-nup must not have included a "confidentiality" clause because Lamar Sally is talking! A lot. In an exclusive with the Daily Mail, he's spilling all the tea about his doomed marriage to the ex co-host of "The View" (whom he revealed earned a salary of $3 million). This is HIS story.
Here are a few tasty tidbits:
On Sherri's desire to be a mom:
Actually, that is one of the reasons we married after only a year - because she was ready to do this. I wanted to wait another year or two to get married but having a baby with me was so important to her I said OK, let's do it.'
On meeting Sherri during game night at Neicy Nash's house:
'I liked that Sherri was really down to earth. 'She didn't seem like she was one of those Hollywood-type women who was high maintenance and when they played the game 'Taboo' she was competitive and I loved that about her too.
'We didn't get together that night but Niecy told me that Sherri wanted me to call her so I did and we talked for six hours.'
On why the needed a surrogate:
"Sally continues, 'We got the bad news that the doctors found none of her eggs were viable. I told her that we should try again but when she said she didn't want to and that we should use my sperm and get a surrogate."
On why they split:
'To this day, I cannot pinpoint one thing that caused us to split up,' he tells MailOnline..'Honestly I do not know what happened. No one was cheating, we didn't fight much and we didn't have money problems.'
On Sherri's expenses:
"Boy, could she buys some shoes! Sherri is a shopaholic for shoes. I would say her average American Express bill was $25,000 and although she did buy things for Jeffrey it was mostly dresses and a ton of shoes for herself.
She shopped excessively but refused to balance a checkbook. Sherri made $3 million last year but she didn't know how much she has in the bank.
'She is obsessed with her career. She is always worried about the next step and if one little thing goes wrong she falls into what I like to say is 'gloom and doom' attitude."
On why he took control of Sherri's finances:
"But what was really shocking to me was that she didn't know her salary! When we decided to get married we started to discuss our finances, our bills and how we were going to run the household. So I asked her how much money does she make on 'The View' and she said she didn't know!
'That blew me away. I asked her, "OK, but you had to sign your W-2 for taxes, what did they say?" and she said she didn't know, that she just signed them.
'Sherri has a business manager, who paid all of her bills for her so she had no idea how much was coming in or how much was going out. After we got married that all changed. I made sure the bills were paid on time and I kept Sherri up to speed on what was going on.
'I was upset about this so I made her sit down and watch the regular series 'American Greed' on TV so she could see how easily people can get ripped off.
'I wanted her to be more responsible and aware of the household finances. I am very good with money, I have always put myself on a budget so it was irritating to me that she doesn't take care of business. When we got married I ran the house and put my own career on hold."
Is Sherri a hoarder?
"'Sherri was also a very messy person. She was a pack-rat. I always had to go behind her and pick up after her and that was so annoying to me."
On Sherri's trust issues:
"Sherri has a lot of trust issues that she brought into this marriage from her relationship with her ex-husband, Jeffrey,' Sally explains.
'I tried to prove to Sherri that I am not her ex-husband or any of the other guys who have been in her life and for a while we would be OK. But then a few days later we were back to square one and it was exhausting.
'She wanted to be married but we kept most of our finances separate. We did have one bank account together but it was modest amount.
'Sherri also didn't want me to work outside of our marriage because she kept saying I was going to get rich and leave her high and dry. That was a never-ending discussion at home and with her therapist the entire time we were married."
His claims that Sherri wanted a house husband:
"She wanted me to be happy being a house-husband, but when I told her I needed to work for my own sanity she got angry.
'Sherri didn't understand why I didn't want to just stay at home and take care of the kids, Jeffrey and the new baby on the way.
'She even talked to our friends about it, asking what was wrong with me, why I wouldn't be happy just being at home while she worked."
On the divorce proceedings:
"Out of the blue, Sherri asked for a divorce while we were at a session with the therapist. She said she didn't think she could be the kind of wife I needed her to be. 'But I thought she was just in one of her moods and would change her mind in a couple of days, like she does everything else. 'There were times when Sherri wanted us to work on projects together and then the very next day she would change her mind and say, 'NO! I don't want to work with you.'
'This went on throughout our marriage, one day she's on and the next she's off. So when she asked for a divorce I just left it alone and expected her to say she didn't mean it and let's get back to work. 'I stayed in the house for another two weeks and we were going along like nothing had changed.
'But then I found out through some friends that Sherri had hired two attorneys and was getting ready to file for divorce.
'I was shocked, never saw it coming and I was really hurt and confused — still am."
If you're wondering how Sal wound up on welfare, he said that because Sherri's name isn't on the birth certificate, the baby is not on her insurance. He was forced to go on Medi-cal, California's welfare program for infant's health insurance.
Read the full interview and get all the pics of his little boy here.
Photos via MailOnline/Lamar Sally