"I'm so extremely and profoundly grateful," Shepherd said. "This has been one of the best seven years of my life. I tell people, step out of the fear, because I didn't want to take this job, because I'm not a prosecutor, I don't know anything. ... I have to say my boss, Barbara Walters, pushed me. I cried in my dressing room for three years saying, 'What am I doing on this table?'"
Shepherd talked about the time Goldberg came rushing in to her dressing room while she was crying, gave her a pep talk and said, "If Barbara didn’t think you could do this, she wouldn’t ask you to be here."
"I'm so grateful for the group of friends and family that I have made and that as supported me," she added. "If you fall, get back up.... I'm so thankful to be here. This is like, I never thought that I would be friends with Arsenio Hall ... taking off my makeup in the mirror with Whoopi ... Jenny McCarthy. Donnie [her fiance] calls me more than ever."
She closed, "This is surreal to me: I am sitting here and thinking 'I can’t believe I'm interviewing these people.'"