Steve Harvey Reacts to Steve Harvey’s Dismissive ‘The Steve Harvey Show’ Staff Letter
This week, the latest season of The Steve Harvey Show will wrap, on which Harvey appears between Family Feud tapings and comedy engagements. Since it started, The Steve Harvey Show was filmed in Chicago, but ahead of next season, the comedian and NBC are moving to Los Angeles to give Harvey a location that’s closer to celebrity guests.
Yes, yes, boring production news, but what if we told you Steve Harvey reportedly neglected to tell the Chicago staff most of them would be losing their jobs effectively this week? And what if we told you that before this last season began taping, Harvey sent out a staff memo informing staff members that they shouldn’t make eye contact with the star unless he, himself, specifically requests it?
So, we’re bluffing a little bit — it wasn’t quite “no eye contact” drastic — but it was pretty close. According to Chicago Robert Feder‘s Daily Herald Blog, Harvey sent a letter to his staff at the beginning of the show’s fifth season that informed each employee they would no longer be allowed to speak with the star without an appointment for the sake of Harvey’s “personal life and enjoyment.” Uh, sure.
To break down just how ridiculous and diva-riffic this letter truly is, we asked Steve Harvey himself* to go over this with us line by line.
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,
(*No we didn’t.)