Steve Harvey is a man concerned about his bank account.
After meeting with President Donald Trump before his inauguration Harvey received criticism from many in the black community, but defended his decision by saying that “the only way we can heal the divide in this country is through conversation.”
Now that the ratings for his new daytime talk show are abysmal, Harvey, who modeled the show after that of late night talk shows, is taking a cue from the late night crowd by attacking the president to attempt to increase his numbers.
“Meeting with Donald Trump was the worst mistake of my life,” he recently said on his morning radio talk show,” the Daily Mail reported.
“It was so vicious that it really threw me. I was being called names that I’ve never been called: Uncle Tom. A coon. A sellout. Because I went to see this man?! Which only happened because my business partner got a call from the Obama transition team, who said that the Trump transition team would like to set up a meeting,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
“Now, here’s the crazy thing: I’m supposed to be on a boat for my 60th birthday, so my wife says, ‘Steve, just take off [and skip the meeting]. You’ll meet with him some other time.’ God, I should’ve listened,” he said.
Sources told the Mail that Harvey’s show won’t be able to continue if his numbers stay where they are.
His show debuted this fall with a 1.8 rating but quickly fell to a 1.4, according to the Mail.
“Steve could have continued to survive with the first version of his show with these ratings because the show was produced out of Chicago and was less expensive to produce,” a source told the Mail.
“But doing a daily talk show out of Los Angeles costs big dollars and with his current ratings, there’s no way in hell WME-IMG can continue to bleed money like this into a sinking ship,” the source said.
Harvey told the Hollywood Reporter that he has not spoken to the president since that pre-inauguration meeting at Trump Tower.
He acknowledged that a memo he sent to staff of the Family Feud telling them to not talk to him backstage might also have played a role in his injured reputation among fans.
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