The View panel had E.L. James, author of the steamy trilogy of novels that begins with Fifty Shades Of Grey, on the show Friday morning to talk about what “inspired” her series. She was introduced by clear fangirl Sherri Shepherd, who asked her “what is it about this book that is making people so crazy?”
James confirmed that the inspiration for the book was the Twilight trilogy, and that she had gotten the idea after tearing through the novels. Sherri wanted to return to the sex, though — she’s been staying up all night reading the book, and there’s stuff she’s never heard of in there! Whoopi Goldberg, on the other hand, just wanted to know why it was fifty shades of gray, and not thirty or three? Focus, Whoopi!
Sherri then admitted to sexting her husband while reading the book.
In the second part of the interview, James dismissed the characterization of the novel as “mommy porn,” and seemed horrified at the thought of her sons reading the book. As for guest host Bob Saget, James recommended that he pick up a copy of the book for his wife.
You can see the interview below via ABC:
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