The Talk has opened their Season 7 with the women on the panel giving out personal details about themselves starting on Monday with Sharon Osbourne telling everybody about her breakdown and her struggles.
On Tuesday, they did a parody about Aisha and why she talked so much and finally, on Wednesday they spoke with Sheryl Underwood.
The Talk revealed the comedian, actress and Talk host, Sheryl Underwood’s disabled sister, Frankie’s illness and went into detail on the caregiving that Sheryl does for her.
The ladies spoke with Sheryl and her older brother Michael and between the two of them, we learn about the family growing up in the 1950’s and the 60’s.
The two tell us that they were raised to say Frankie had Polio, but as Sheryl says, “But mentally, she’s less than 18 months. She cannot read, write or talk. She’s a baby in an adult woman’s body… at 60-some years old. So that’s why we have to take care of her the way we take care of her. And I will tell you this, you started (Looking at Michael), but when I came along, it was really given to me because I was a girl”
She continues with saying, “So with Frankie was going through menstruation. So she was doing the bodily function of any other woman. So then it became my joy, my duty. I was becoming an adult at 8 years old. At 7, 8 years old.”
The listen as the two discussed when their mom passed in 1997, and that Michael and his wife were supposed to receive Frankie to become her full-time caretaker, but Frankie was moved in with Sheryl instead.
They remember being kids having to play inside because they had adult duties to take care of inside… Sheryl tells her brother, “You made us be a singing group. That’s really how I got into the entertainment business because you made us be a singing group.”
This was something that has driven Sheryl to strive to her success and to take her career where she has taken it.
Sheryl says, I thank CBS for giving me this job because it takes a lot of money to stay… the Federal Government they put in a certain amount. But I can’t do this, because I have to pay for lawyers, for doctors.”
She has to hire 24-hour care for Frankie and she ends it with, “That’s why I’m working so hard. It’s not for the vanity, it’s not for the notoriety. It’s to protect my sister. And I thank my brother who’s a good Jehovah witness and he’s a healthy man. And I’m happy to have my family.”
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