Sherri Shepherd

Sherri Shepherd is engaged to TV writer Lamar Sally, People reports.

Sally, who wrote for the series Rodney, popped the question the day after Christmas in an elaborate proposal.

According to Shepherd's rep, after returning 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."

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The couple, who have been dating for more than a year, are planning to wed in August in Chicago. Shepherd was previously married to Jeff Tarpley, with whom she has a son.

Shepherd, 43, will discuss the engagement when The View returns on Jan. 10.