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Sherri Shepherd in a 2009 promotional still from The View. - Provided courtesy of ABC

Sherri Shepherd gets engaged to boyfriend Lamar Sally

01/04/2011 by Kristina Lopez

"The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd got a nice surprise over the holiday. Her boyfriend, TV writer Lamar Sally, proposed to her on December 26.

Shepherd's representative confirmed the couple's engagement in a statement on the show's official website. "Upon arriving back to Lamar's home in Los Angeles from a trip to San Diego, Sherri was surprised to find their accommodations had been decorated with lights by one of Sal's best friends, her dog was wearing a Santa beard and hat, and, in the middle of a dish of Sherri's favorite but forbidden M&M's (she is diabetic), was a tiny little box," the statement said.

"Before the proposal could officially proceed, Sal had to get permission from one special man -- Sherri's son Jeffrey. The 5-year-old was not above a bribe, which came from Sal in the form of Michael Jackson's Wii game," the statement said. "That guaranteed immediate approval from Jeffrey. With that, Sal took a knee and popped the question."

The couple has been dating for over a year and was introduced by the fiancé of Shepherd's friend and fellow comedian, Niecy Nash. This will be the second marriage for the 43-year-old and the couple is planning an August wedding in Shepherd's hometown of Chicago.

Back in November 2009, Shepherd told People magazine that she was looking for a man with "A really great sense of humor. He must love children. He's got to have a good FICO score. I don't want him to have potential. I want to him to have already reached his potential, because I'm not taking care of nobody!"

Shepherd is set to gab about the details of the engagement when "The View "returns live on January 10.

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