Steve Harvey still continues to do it big, and now his talk show has moved from Chicago to Los Angeles with a few changes.
A few of these changes were addressed in a memo to his talk show staff, allegedly leaked by a former staff member who may not have been chosen to transition with Harvey when his show changed locations. Read it below:
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,
Yikes! Can someone please get Steve a Snicker. We can understand him wanting his privacy, but maybe his stardom has really gone to his head. We wonder is he is like this with staff members on his other shows and radio show. However, Steve has not backed down on his memo and released this statement.
The comedian doubled down on the no-nonsense approach he decided to employ with the staff members of his daytime talk show, explaining that some colleagues began to take advantage of his previously inviting nature after a while.
“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 told Entertainment Tonight. “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.”
Harvey’s straight-forward memo to his co-workers was distributed ahead of the fifth season of his former program, “Steve Harvey,” according to Variety.
The message included rules like “do not come to my dressing room unless invited” and “I promise you I will not entertain you in the hallway, and do not attempt to walk with me.”
“I want all the ambushing to stop now. That includes TV staff,” he included in another line. “You must schedule an appointment.”
The note began circulating the internet Wednesday after Robert Feder published it on his Chicago media blog. Harvey suggests he didn’t expect it to be such a big deal.
“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,” he told ET. “I don’t apologize about the letter, but it’s kind of crazy what people who took this thing and ran, man.”
The “Family Feud” host added that he probably should’ve handled things differently — but doesn’t seem to have any regrets.
“Look man, I’m in my makeup chair, they walk in the room,” he told the entertainment outlet. “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.’”
We get where he is coming from, but perhaps he could have said it better. It’s all in how you deliver things Mr. Harvey!
Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning