sherri shepherd*She wasn’t a favorite at all!

Sherri Shepherd says she was attacked by the viewers when she first joined “The View” — the hit daytime talk show.

But it did take the host a while to get comfortable in her role. Perhaps, three years into it.

“It took me three years,” she said. “Three years. Everybody hated me. They hated my guts…. Somebody is always going to not like what you say.”

She continues with, “It went from people loving me– I was a breath of fresh air on ‘The View,'” she said, “to, ‘how did this dumb girl get this job?’ I hate her, she’s a waste of space.’ People just came down on me so hard.”

She did question if the world is flat or round and boy, wasn’t roasted!

But she’s taken much flack for her strong Christian beliefs — particularly her views on evolution and homosexuality — deciding to take a hate the sin love the sinner approach and saying she’s not anti-gay.

“I think people don’t know my heart,” she told Menendez. “I think people feel I’m very judgmental. I think people feel I’m very homophobic. If they knew me, and knew my heart … You grow up being a Christian and you grow up believing homosexuality is a sin; you’re going to hell if you’re a homosexual. This is something that they teach in churches. So it’s something that I grew up believing.”

“I might not agree with your lifestyle, but I love you,” she continued. “You may not agree with my lifestyle, but you love me … I don’t say it’s a choice. If you tell me, ‘Sherri, I was born gay.’ Okay. I’m not gonna argue with you, because I can’t tell you how you feel and what’s going on inside. I’m trying to make it into heaven by the skin of my teeth … I don’t know who I’m gonna see. So if you tell me you’re born [gay], I’m not gonna argue with you. And I absolutely respect you for that. I just ask that people respect how I feel, [I] respect how you feel and we can have a great dialogue.”

And although she’s comfortable and favorable now, she remembers all the hurtful and nasty things people said about her — even other celebrities and public figures.

“Bill O’Reilly called me a pin-head. Bill Maher said I should be fired with a stupid stick– that he couldn’t believe I was teaching my son my beliefs.”

Watch the interview here.