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Profile: Atlanta comedian Steve Harvey keeps building his empire

Steve Harvey in his Buckhead radio studio. CREDIT: Vino Wong/vwong@ajc.com

Steve Harvey in his Buckhead radio studio. CREDIT: Vino Wong/vwong@ajc.com

Steve Harvey is a restless sort. During his four-hour morning show at a spacious Buckhead studio, he’ll leave periodically for fresh air, a bathroom break, to talk to staff.

But sometimes, he just wants to dance. When production engineer Lance Crayton spun Beyonce’s buoyant pop song “Love on Top” one recent morning, Crayton purposely raised the volume to almost club-level decibels. Why? It’s Harvey’s favorite new song, and it never hurts to make the boss happy.

Harvey shimmied in his seat, then stood up and moved his hips, singing along while the live mikes were off.

Once the song wrapped, he returned live, still pumped. “That’s the jam of the year!” he exclaimed to his audience of about 6 million listeners in more than 60 markets, including Atlanta’s Majic 107.5/97.5. “She is singing her tail off! When she’s modulating, that’s church modulating!”

The Atlanta comedian, at age 55, has reached similar decibel levels in his career. Besides his radio show, he’s a best-selling author, host of “Family Feud,” an active philanthropist for kids, and starting this fall, the host of his own day-time syndicated talk show called “Steve Harvey. This coming Friday, Harvey will see his book-turned-film “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” make its way to theaters nationwide.

Check out our photo gallery from the “Think Like a Man” Atlanta red-carpet premiere April 3.

A rise like this couldn’t have happened without a big trough. In 2005, Harvey’s WB variety show was axed, leaving him off TV for the first time in 12 years. His successful Kings of Comedy tours were over. And he was going through an ugly divorce from his second wife, Mary.

“People thought he was done,” his longtime manager Rushion McDonald said. “They thought he was a dinosaur.”

Skeptics even scoffed when Harvey launched a nationally syndicated radio show. TV people, McDonald said, tend to look down on radio. But this very personal medium, he said, resurrected Harvey.

At that time, Harvey reunited with Marjorie Bridges, whom he first met in 1986 and dated briefly. She helped ground him personally as he built his radio show, market by market. Inside, he was becoming a better man, he said.

041512steveharveyExternally, he cut back on his signature, bright-colored zoot suits. And on Christmas Eve 2006, while his family was out, he drove to Sally’s Beauty Supply to buy balding clippers. He came home, took off his shirt and buzzed a 3-inch path through his finely clipped hair. “There was,” he said, “no turning back.”

For two hours, he stared at himself, fretting about his new look. Marjorie came home and screamed. But family members thought he looked 10 years younger. He breathed a sigh of relief.

The next year, Harvey married Marjorie, and left New York for a spacious, five-story mansion in metro Atlanta overlooking the Chattahoochee River. “In his heart, he’s a country boy,” said Crayton, his engineer. “New York City didn’t have the trees and grass.”

As Harvey’s radio show heated up, one daily feature called the Strawberry Letter caught fire. Co-host Shirley Strawberry would read a letter from a woman seeking relationship advice. She and Harvey would then offer their thoughts. He said he never pretended to be an expert like Dr. Phil. Rather, he used his experience from numerous failed relationships and decades of mistakes to inform with his blunt but amusing commentary.

A publisher soon pitched him to do a relationships book. He was skeptical at first. Relationships books are a dime a dozen. But “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” was a revelation. It laid out clear-cut advice, giving women insight into a man’s mind.

“When I first wrote this book, people laughed,” Harvey said. ” ‘What does he know? He’s a comedian!’ ”

[Check out my interview Kevin Hart in advance of "Think Like a Man."]

041512steveharveyWith his radio show as a promotional tool, he was able to sell plenty of copies. Then word of mouth fueled more sales. Oprah Winfrey heard about the book and gave him her sizable platform — twice. By the end of 2009, he had sold more than 2 million copies, and people’s perceptions shifted. He wasn’t just a comic anymore. He was now a relationships adviser.

“I didn’t know my failures were going to turn into such a huge success,” he said. Now he has fans come up and tell him, “Your book saved my marriage!” Women have chased him in high heels and yell to him, “I got the ring!”

“Man,” Harvey said, with his characteristic sigh. “I didn’t know people would chase me down. I knew what I was saying was true. Who knew it’d get like this!”

Despite the fact it had no narrative, the book became a hot commodity among movie producers, figuring they could replicate the success of the 2009 romantic film “He’s Just Not That Into You,” based on a relationships book by comedian Greg Berendt.

Will Packer, who runs Atlanta-based Rainforest Films (”Stomp the Yard,” “Takers”), was one of the first to approach Harvey. Packer brought Screen Gems/Sony in as partners.

“I”m buying into your vision,” Harvey told Packer. “Do justice to the book.”

Packer commissioned David Newman and Keith Merryman (”Friends With Benefits”) to write a script that takes archetypes from the book (e.g. mama’s boy, the player, the man-child) and weaves their relationships into a coherent whole.

The film, which comes out Friday, April 20 in nationwide release, turns the book into a character as well. Women in the film read the book and try to work it to their advantage. When the men find out, they try to turn the tables on the women. Harvey is a bit player, appearing on TV screens dispensing advice as an expert.

April 3, 2012 - ATLANTA:  Entertainer Steve Harvey and his wife, Marjorie, on  the red carpet during the  premiere  of  "Think Like a Man" movie, an adaptation of his book,  at the Regal Atlantic Station on Tuesday, April 3,  2012.  Johnny Crawford   jcrawford@ajc.com

April 3, 2012 - ATLANTA: Entertainer Steve Harvey and his wife, Marjorie, on the red carpet during the premiere of "Think Like a Man" movie, an adaptation of his book, at the Regal Atlantic Station on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Johnny Crawford jcrawford@ajc.com

“I’m not the star of the movie, and that’s fine with me,” Harvey said.

At the time the movie was percolating along, aging game show “Family Feud” was seeking a reboot. Producers met with Harvey. He had one condition:

“He didn’t want to be a traffic cop,” said executive producer Gaby Johnston. “I told him to just be himself and we’ll record it. No one could have guessed how well it ended up working out. He’s made the show hip again.”

Harvey’s ability to riff and react worked wonders for “Feud,” giving it an energy it had lacked since the days of original 1970s host Richard Dawson. Ratings have jumped 70 percent since he started in 2010, drawing about 4.7 million viewers a day. The show has been renewed through 2015.

“Family Feud made him a general market star,” his manager McDonald said. Up to that point, his primary audience had been African American, going back to his days as host of “Showtime at the Apollo” and star of the WB sitcom ‘The Steve Harvey Show.”

“Everything comes down to race and culture,” Harvey said with an air of frustration. “It would be nice if people would get past that. …The fact I’m African American will show up on camera. Am I funny? Am I a good interviewer? Am I a good listener? Am I relatable to people? That’s what should matter.”

For years, Harvey added, “I’d be getting pigeonholed. We’ve been able to eradicate a lot of that.”

Juan Camilo Archila, a 32-year-old Atlanta architect, was only mildly familiar with Harvey when he took part in “Family Feud” last year for three episodes. Harvey won Archila over with his humor, his sincerity and work ethic. “He took the time to do a Q and A with the audience during every break and gave a lot of insight into his private life you wouldn’t have thought he’d share,” Archila said. Now he’s much more aware of Harvey’s expanding empire. “He’s like a media mogul now,” Archila mused.

Steve-Harvey-Family-FeudHarvey’s multi-faceted empire has created a wide variety of fans who like him for different reasons. John Filmore, a 61-year-old Atlanta postal employee, sees him as a great role model for black men. “He’s sharp, he speaks well and he takes education seriously,” he said.

Ianta Burks, 44, of Morrow, loves his humor and has seen him several times live in concert. “He’s spontaneous. He just lights it up,” she said.

Leeann Simmons, a 49-year-old counselor from Fairburn, said as a separated woman, she enjoyed his insights in his book and appreciates his charitable efforts.

His Harvey’s expanding fan base — fueled by the book, the radio show and “Family Feud” — drew interest from Endemol, a production company known for reality shows such as “Wipeout,” “Fear Factor” and “Big Brother.” They persuaded Harvey to launch his own daytime syndicated talk show to help fill a void left by Winfrey.

It’s a competitive world packed with existing stars such as Ellen DeGeneres and Dr. Mehmet Oz and newcomers such as Katie Couric.

Harvey hopes to create a show focused on the travails and triumphs of regular folks, not celebrities. He banks on his ability to connect with the Average Joe after spending much of his early adulthood as a non-celebrity, selling insurance, running a carpet-cleaning company and building cars on a Ford assembly line. He didn’t step onto a comedy club stage to crack jokes until he was 27 . And he was 35 when he finally got his big break hosting “Showtime at the Apollo” in 1993.

As a result of this major new obligation, Harvey has had to make a couple of concessions.

First, he’s going to transplant his family to Chicago for a good part of the year. Distributor NBCUniversal has studio space there. At the same time, he’s not giving up his Atlanta residence, replete with a movie theater, bowling alley and wine cellar.

“I love my house and more importantly, my wife loves it,” he said. He also plans to film “Family Feud” in Atlanta when he’s not working on his talk show.

The other sacrifice, Harvey said, is truly bittersweet. He’s giving up what got him to the table: stand-up comedy.

His final stand-up concert will be at the MGM Grand Garden Arena August 2, right before his talk show starts production. He said this is not a feint. “I want to go while I’m still selling out arenas and people are still clapping for me,” he said. “I don’t want to go back to comedy clubs now. I want to go out while I’m on top.”

He won’t stop doing radio, though. “No sir. Come too far,” he said. “Radio means too much for me.”

COMMERCIAL IMAGE - In this photograph taken by AP Images for The Walt Disney Company, entertainer and philanthropist Steve Harvey speaks at an event celebrating five years of Disney’s Dreamers Academy, Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in New York.  The Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine takes 100 high school students from across the U.S. and unites them with celebrities, motivational speakers and business professionals to encourage them to succeed and follow their dreams.  Students have until Oct. 31st to submit applications at disneysdreamersacademy.com for the 2012 class.  (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for The Walt Disney Company)

COMMERCIAL IMAGE - In this photograph taken by AP Images for The Walt Disney Company, entertainer and philanthropist Steve Harvey speaks at an event celebrating five years of Disney’s Dreamers Academy, Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in New York. The Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine takes 100 high school students from across the U.S. and unites them with celebrities, motivational speakers and business professionals to encourage them to succeed and follow their dreams. Students have until Oct. 31st to submit applications at disneysdreamersacademy.com for the 2012 class. (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for The Walt Disney Company)

Indeed, he uses radio to push his philanthropic causes just as much as his jokes.

“I want to help young people direct their minds on a positive path,” Harvey said.

He co-sponsors Disney Dreamers Academy, an annual gathering of 100 youths at Walt Disney World. Just last month, 17 teens from the Atlanta area attended the weekend academy in Orlando. And every Father’s Day weekend, he brings 100 young sons of single moms to his ranch in Dallas to help teach them about being men.

“Real men go to work, go to church and honor God,” Harvey said. “Real men obey the law. Rapping and driving big cars with the video girls has nothing to do with manhood.”

Harvey said he wants to create a “life-changing event” for the boys. He remembers his own equivalent: a psychology teacher coming by his parents’ home in Cleveland when he was a teen and telling them Harvey was special – and not in a special needs sort of way. “He told them, ‘If he doesn’t stop hanging with the bad crowd, they’ll lead him the wrong way.’ ” That teacher’s visit spurred him to go a better direction.

Over the years, Harvey has crafted an image of himself as a smart businessman, a generous donor and a reformed family man. But his ex-wife Mary Harvey last year threw some darts at him in a very public way. In January 2011, she posted YouTube videos accusing Harvey of ripping her off in the divorce agreement and creating a wedge between her and their teenage son Wynton. She said she was appalled to see Harvey touted as a relationships guru.

Mary Harvey couldn’t be reached for comment. Harvey said he’s under court orders that prevent him from saying much.

“Even without a gag order, I won’t say anything because that marriage created a son,” Harvey said. “I have taught my son to always be respectful of his mother. If I show disrespect, what message do I send him? I’d rather eat all the crow and take the bad press and keep my mouth closed. At least my son will see his dad didn’t knock his mom down.”

Still, he admits it was tough on him, his current wife, and his four biological kids (three from his first marriage).

Steve Harvey talks to WXIA-TV's "Chat Room" before a General Mills Box Tops event at Morehouse College in March, 2012. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Steve Harvey talks to WXIA-TV's "Chat Room" before a General Mills Box Tops event at Morehouse College in March, 2012. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

“It was honestly the toughest period ever in my entire life,” he said. In the end, he made one single statement on his radio show refuting many of his ex-wife’s claims and convinced a judge to release one document to refute many of Mary’s claims.

The situation, Harvey said, also highlighted his need to be a better Christian. He opens his radio show every day talking about his faith, not cracking jokes. He also hosts BET’s “Celebration of Gospel” every year.

At a recent Morehouse College event for General Mills Box Tops For Education event, Harvey told the audience how he had become a “new Christian.”

“It’s been quite a journey for me,” he said. “I’m struggling with that. Christianity has some heavy rules and I ain’t locked them all in yet!”

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

48 comments Add your comment

Fred ™

April 19th, 2012
12:05 pm

Gotta love it when a homeboy does good. I always root for anyone from Atlanta and Steve is just awesome. I loved that comedy routine he filmed at church or a church convention. It was hilarious.

Troy Johnson

April 19th, 2012
12:57 pm

I really believe Steve has a twin he is not telling us about. He is truly the “Hardest Workin’ Man in Show Business”. We also posted an interview with Steve Harvey: http://aalbc.com/reviews/steve_harvey_0412.html

Bluestreak

April 19th, 2012
1:09 pm

Steve comes off as a genuinely good guy. He should be commended for the changes he has made in his life and the strong influence he has become.

BAM

April 19th, 2012
1:17 pm

I like ol’ Steve… but that Kings of Comedy tour title was a bit of a stretch.

Pebblebeach

April 19th, 2012
1:17 pm

My respect for Mr Harvey continues to grow each day…keep up the good work Sir…

KJ

April 19th, 2012
1:24 pm

I’m not really a Steve Harvey fan, but Rodney this is a great article. I still don’t think his comedy is funny, but this article has changed my perception of him. He is a smart business man who speaks truthfully, so I can appreciate that.

Liz watkins

April 19th, 2012
1:30 pm

I just love mr Harvety he is so funny

Liz watkins

April 19th, 2012
1:31 pm

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Liz watkins

April 19th, 2012
1:32 pm

I just love him he is so funny

Angela

April 19th, 2012
1:36 pm

I love Steve Harvey. He is too funny. He is truly a positive role model in the community. He gives back to the community in front of the cameras and behind the scenes. The Kings of Comedy was hilarious!!

NYCDoll

April 19th, 2012
1:39 pm

Comphrensive article on Steve Harvey’s meterioc rise – nicely written. I wish him all the best and I appreciate the positive attention he is bringing to Atlanta.

Greg

April 19th, 2012
1:46 pm

Shame he says Christianity is a book of rules. Its forgivness, love, faith, support and encouragement. So close Steve, yet so far.

DontSayItoldyaSo

April 19th, 2012
2:06 pm

@Fred
Just so you know, Steve Harvey is actually FROM Cleveland. He has actually only settled in Atlanta as of late. He also has some deep roots planted in Dallas where his land is and kinda where he was based out of when he first started to get some of his big breaks. Just wanted to put that out there. He is doing his thing though.

DontSayItoldyaSo

April 19th, 2012
2:10 pm

and @Greg sorry to tell you, but “Christianity” is to a large degree HYPOCRISY, OPPRESSION, BRAINWASHING, CULTISM, ISOLATIONISM and SEGREGATION, DISTORTION, and so many other things. Of course that’s a different blog topic though.

Pamela

April 19th, 2012
2:40 pm

I love Steve Harvey. I met him in person twice and he is always down to earth and real. I love his show. His book is amazing and I can’t wait to watch his movie in the theater! He is always helping people. He has a good heart. I wish him and Marjorie nothing but the best. God Bless You Mr. Harvey! :)

Thomas

April 19th, 2012
2:41 pm

Steve Harvey is a hate filled bigot and deserves no respect.

Longtimefan

April 19th, 2012
2:41 pm

I normally don’t make comments on your blog, but you did a great job on this one. Steve Harvey keep up the good work……nobody but GOD.

Pamela

April 19th, 2012
2:43 pm

So Greg…who died and made you god? Nobody! You REALLY should NOT throw stones if you live in a very fragile thin glass house! :)

Samantha

April 19th, 2012
2:45 pm

Thomas….stop hating on the Man. Your lies are just that YOUR LIES! NOTHING you said about Steve Harvey is true! hahahahahahahaha! Looser!

Orlando

April 19th, 2012
2:53 pm

I like Steve, but it’s time for him to come clean about his hair… He wore a wig.

Thomas

April 19th, 2012
2:53 pm

Samantha, My post is the truth. Steve Harvey is a bigot and you can’t spell.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hTnmZkHnTE

Christie

April 19th, 2012
3:01 pm

I honestly don’t like Steve Harvey. I feel that he may have hurt his ex-wife. Alot of what he says on his radio program is to benefit himself. Also his radio program is very boring compared to Ricky Smiley or even the goespel programming. That’s just my thoughts!!!

Christie

April 19th, 2012
3:02 pm

LOL, He did wear a big!!

Brainwashed black women

April 19th, 2012
3:07 pm

Black women taking dating advice from a man thats been divorced twice. Think like a man, act like a lady, remain a fool. Since ya’ll buying that, I have a bridge to sell you in Bankhead. How much you willing to pay? By the way, he sucks as a comedian, almost as bad as Tyler Perry.

Nicole

April 19th, 2012
3:23 pm

Great article

Fred ™

April 19th, 2012
3:58 pm

DontSayItoldyaSo

April 19th, 2012
2:06 pm
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Thanks for the info. I’ve just always heard him associated with Atlanta. Either way, I he comes across as a good and decent man. And that’s something I respect.

V. Becks

April 19th, 2012
4:13 pm

I don’t agree that this lady is his wife being as though it appears he was already married to his former wife before her. It looks like Steve is blessed but I’m not buying what he has done in his former marriage. God is going to repay him for what he has done wrong towards his former wife. Some women don’t want a man unless she has $$ in her eyes. Any woman that is bold enough to sleep with a married man is a woman who will do anything to have her way. That is not a Godly relationship that Steve is in now by no means. In the end, time will tell!! We glorify wrong and shun what is right. This is not right!

V. Becks

April 19th, 2012
4:23 pm

When we don’t know truth, we will never except it or receive it. We as black equate success with all the material and or tangible things of this world, we are a sick minded generation. I dont agree with Steves book, movie or lifestyle. Remember you will reap what you sow…Gods word is not a lie and he dont lie..now i just told all of you all so. This a complete unadulterated hot mess. That woman has money all in her eyes. What does the Bible say about adultery?

Adultery is the most widely condemned of the sexual sins; it is mentioned in the Ten Commandments, all four Gospels, and ten other books of the Bible.

You shall not commit adultery. (NIV, Exodus 20:14)

But a man who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself. (NIV, Proverbs 6:32)

And a certain ruler questioned Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments, ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not bear false witness, honor your father and mother.’” (NAS, Luke 18:18-20)

The word translated as “adultery” in the New Testament of the Bible is the Greek word moicheia. Its primary meaning was sexual intercourse between a married woman and any man other than her husband. However, the New Testament generally forbids all extramarital sex, so sexual intercourse between a married man and any woman other than his wife is also forbidden. In common usage today, “adultery” includes both cases above.

Adultery destroys marriages. The adulterer shows total disregard for the marriage vows and for his or her spouse. In this passage, Jesus reminds us that not only should we always be faithful, we should also avoid the lustful fantasies that can cloud our judgment and tempt us into actual adultery:

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; but I say to you, that everyone who looks on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart. (NAS, Matthew 5:27-28)
Now I had to get technical because I dont agree…

KayGee

April 19th, 2012
4:29 pm

We saw Steve almost every week for more that a year back in 1992 at Vu-cu-ray comedy club in Dallas TX and have very fond memories of those times. Congratulations to you Mr. Harvey, you have come a long way.

DUV4LUV

April 19th, 2012
4:29 pm

K U D O ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

S T E V E H A R V E Y !!!! Love to see brothers diversify in thier respective industry
and re-invent themselves and keep the $$$ flowin!!! My compliments to the summit you host for young brothers to be mentored by real men :)

JUSTCWHATISAY

April 19th, 2012
5:10 pm

People come to atlanta to make money off those who come to atlanta looking for a dream……….Wake up people!! Visit other places that have more to offer you. Steve sell them something else…….with the lowest disposible income they will buy it!

obama is a Jackazz!

April 19th, 2012
6:16 pm

Its funny how black women buy into BS! I love my sisters but you all need to be women, think like beautiful women and have some self respect. Horse mouth is no different from Eddie Long (less the boy action). Use the struggle of the people to make a buck. Im sorry I feel that my black sistas deserve the best in in life, and bootleg horse mouth is just a con artist………Ask his first wife!

Andy Gump

April 19th, 2012
7:04 pm

Steve Harvey is a joke!! AMEN to brainwashed black women!! This dummy has been divorced TWICE and he thinks he’s a relationship expert!?!?! All you lonely women out there (and married dumb ones too) are stupid for following this twit w/ no wit. All he does is play on you women’s emotions by telling you want to hear i.e. all men are dogs, all men are no good, you need to leave his no good self, blase’ blase. He & that OTHER idiot Michael Baisden are nothing but men haters and will do anything to get the ladies on their side, even if that means throwing all guys under the perverbial bus. All they do is rat & tattle on men like little bitches & think that makes them all that. Go ask his other two wives how much of a REAL man he is since he’s trying to claim that title. Punk…

LemonD

April 19th, 2012
7:13 pm

Good for your Mr. Harvey….pls note…Chicago is a bucket of blood

LemonD

April 19th, 2012
7:18 pm

sorry for typo…should be Good for you Mr. Harvey

abbysenia

April 19th, 2012
9:39 pm

I love Harvey… He’s like that cool uncle that grew up and became someone but has his skelotons you excuse cause he grew up! I like that he acknowledges the creator and walks the walk in his looking out and reaching out to young men coming up.

Dekou

April 19th, 2012
11:12 pm

Steve lost all respect when he made his ignorant comments about atheism. He made such statements but couldn’t even follow up with any sense. Instead, he goes on a Christian tv show and starts crying. Now his so called expert skills on relationships is simply a tactic to easily pimp the black woman and get that Tyler perry money.

Doris M

April 20th, 2012
1:06 am

Steve Harvey is a great host. He’s got me watching Family Feud again and that’s a tall order. I haven’t watched that show since Richard Dawson was hosting. I am happy for Harvey’s success. And as far as being a relationship guru, who better to give advice as those who have been through the fire.

mgh412

April 20th, 2012
1:53 am

Steve Harvey is full of crap!!!!!! And he had hair plugs for years, if you watch him on his first time performing on Def Comedy Jam, he is bald in the top of his hair. And all that Im a Christian ranting on his show is just that A Show”

bren

April 20th, 2012
7:00 am

I don’t like the think like a man concept for women, but I understand that Steve meant for women to understand how men think. Steve seems very charitable; trying to be the a good man, husband, father and just the best person he can be. He seems like a man’s man, who know who he is and stand by his principles. I appreciate that Steve doesn’t mind sharing his experiences and mistakes so it can help somebody. I love Steve’s morning inspirational messages. He doesn’t sound preachy, but like listening to a big brother or uncle. I’ve tried to get to one of the live audiences for Family Feud at the Atl Civic Center and hope I get in next week. But Steve really should do something with Nephew Tommy calling folks acting a fool:-).

Hatersarealwaysaround

April 20th, 2012
7:36 am

I love Steve Harvey. His books are funny. I am sure the movie will be also. As far as the adultery, etc. all sins are equal on judgement day by GOD, so if you spend your time judging others you are sinning as well. Also, I am pretty sure there is not one adult on this earth that has NEVER sinned one way or another. Get a life.

NoThanks

April 20th, 2012
8:22 am

If reading “Act Like a Lady” will teach me how to attract a man like Steve Harvey … no thanks, I’ll pass.

I listened to Steve Harvey’s show in the beginning, but was quickly turned off by the way he bullied Jacqui Reid, an intelligent, educated African-American woman who actually is a professional journalist. I couldn’t understand whether he had a problem with independent women or if there was some personal issues going on there.

The last straw was when he went off on his nephew, yelling “I MADE YOU! I MADE YOU!” Only God makes a person. One thing I’ve always admired about the Tom Joyner show is that no matter what goes in behind the scene, they act like professionals on the air. So many African-Americans in the media are just messy, and messy people are annoying.

That being said, if Steve is using his $$$ to help people who need a hand, kudos to him. Am I wrong for judging him by his past – perhaps. I just won’t be buying or supporting anything he has to sell.

Doctorate in Educational Leadership

April 20th, 2012
9:32 am

I LOVE Steve Harvey and the Morning Crew! He and Nephew Tommy are HILARIOUS and that really gets me up and going in the morning. We all have a past….granted some of us have a past that’s more extreme than some others…..however we learn from our mistakes and move on. I believe Mr. Harvey has realized where we went wrong before and is now making amends with the future that lies ahead. Keep your head up, Mr. Harvey and continue doing your work thoughout our communities….

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reno88

April 22nd, 2012
8:29 am

it’s amazing to me that he has a career in show biz. he’s among the unfunniest people i’ve ever heard. his “riffs” are trite, easy, and stereotypical. he’s an untalented bore.

morrow

April 22nd, 2012
2:52 pm

Steve you kind of grew on me over the years. I must admit that i wasn’t feeling you to much back in the day, but you alright with me now, and the best move was getting away from Mary because your new wife Marjorie is a beautiful woman. Full steam ahead steve

count_schemula

April 23rd, 2012
2:41 am

TwothumbsDOWN

April 23rd, 2012
12:19 pm

I totally agree with “NO THANKS”. I listened to his show maybe twice and thats because I heard some people talking about it.When I listened to his show and how he respond to the people that send in the “strawberry letters”,i was turned off.He call them stupid and idiots and he does not try to encourage them.I will NOT support anything he is apart of. and its very sad how he did his ex wife.What goes around comes around.