Here’s a good example of why it’s good to never burn bridges: Sherri Shepherd is said to be close to inking a deal to return to “The View” as a lead contributor for the upcoming 19th season.

According to, the actress, comedian and Chicago native is expected to appear in about 50 episodes of the daily chatfest.

“The View” is also undergoing yet another revamp. ABC News is said to be tweaking the show in hopes of reinvigorating ratings in its post-Barbara Walters era.

Shepherd, a popular member of “The View” panel, was on the show for seven seasons, including one in which she shared in an Emmy award. She left the show last August after failing to agree on contract terms with ABC. Two months ago, Shepherd returned for the first time as a guest co-host.

Next season, “The View” will return to a five-host format after opting for four co-hosts this season. Confirmed for three of the chairs are the only returning co-host, Whoopi Goldberg, plus Raven-Symone and Michelle Collins, to be joined by Candace Cameron Bure and Paula Faris. Shepherd is expected to lead a group of a half dozen or so contributors that also would include Stacey London and Molly Sims..