Steve Harvey made waves this week when a stern memo he sent to his show staff was leaked to the public.
And he isn’t sorry about writing it.
The memo, which was leaked to Variety, was given to his staff at the beginning of the fifth season of the “Steve Harvey Show” and demanded that Harvey pretty much be left alone.
Good morning, everyone. Welcome back.
I’d like you all to review and adhere to the following notes and rules for Season 5 of my talk show.
There will be no meetings in my dressing room. No stopping by or popping in. NO ONE.
Do not come to my dressing room unless invited.
Do not open my dressing room door. IF YOU OPEN MY DOOR, EXPECT TO BE REMOVED.
My security team will stop everyone from standing at my door who have the intent to see or speak to me.
I want all the ambushing to stop now. That includes TV staff.
You must schedule an appointment.
I have been taken advantage of by my lenient policy in the past. This ends now. NO MORE.
Do not approach me while I’m in the makeup chair unless I ask to speak with you directly. Either knock or use the doorbell.
I am seeking more free time for me throughout the day.
Do not wait in any hallway to speak to me. I hate being ambushed. Please make an appointment.
I promise you I will not entertain you in the hallway, and do not attempt to walk with me.
If you’re reading this, yes, I mean you.
Everyone, do not take offense to the new way of doing business. It is for the good of my personal life and enjoyment.
Thank you all,
After the memo was leaked the host, who is moving his show to Los Angeles and getting a new staff for its sixth season, skipped the wrap party for season 5.
“Steve is not going to his own wrap party Thursday night . . . After that memo, he’d be stood on his own in the corner. He used to be such a nice guy,” a source told the New York Post’s Page Six.
But Harvey told “Entertainment Tonight” that he wasn’t sorry.
“I could not find a way to walk from the stage to my dressing room, to sit in my makeup chair, to walk from my dressing room to the stage or to just sit and have lunch without somebody just walking in,” he said. “I’ve always had a policy where, you know, you can come and talk to me — so many people are great around here, but some of them just started taking advantage of it.”
“I’m in my makeup chair, they walk in the room. I’m having lunch, they walk in, they don’t knock. I’m in the hallway, I’m getting ambushed by people with friends that come to the show and having me sign this and do this. I just said, ‘Wait a minute.’ And in hindsight, I probably should’ve handled it a little bit differently,” the host told “Entertainment Tonight.”
Harvey, who also hosts “Family Feud” and “Little Big Shots said all he wanted was for “everyone to simply honor and respect” his privacy.
“If you come out your house, you don’t want anybody on your porch waiting on you. You walk to your car, you don’t want people bothering you on your way to your car. Everybody wants the freedom to be able to move around,” Harvey told Page Six. “I just didn’t want to be in this prison anymore where I had to be in this little room, scared to go out and take a breath of fresh air without somebody approaching me, so I wrote the letter.”
“I don’t apologize about the letter, but it’s kind of crazy what people who took this thing and ran, man,” he said.
Harvey is no stranger to controversy in recent times.
He drove liberals insane meeting President Donald Trump when he was still president-elect.
And he didn’t make any more fans on the left when he praised the president for “keeping his word.”
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