Steve Harvey’s staff learned in a memo that went out this week that the next time they try to talk to him at work without making an appointment, his security guards will banish their asses away from his presence. Steve’s talk show is moving to L.A. from Chicago and he threw down some new rules, like not bothering him in the hallways or his dressing room or his makeup chair or anywhere else. The memo was probably leaked by a Chicago staff member who was pissed that Steve’s not taking them to L.A. Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier talked to Steve over the phone about the memo. Like the concept of Asian men being fuckable, Steve Harvey can’t grasp why his letter went everywhere, but he’s not sorry about it. Because whenever he was in his dressing room, he felt like he needed to put on prison stripes and fight a rat for a piece of stale bread. Poor Steve felt like a prisoner in his own dressing room.
Steve said that he used to have an open door policy, but closed the door on that shit, because his staff took advantage and he couldn’t eat his lunch without them getting in his face. Some of those rude hos would just walk into Steve’s dressing room without knocking and what if he was boning a staff member doggy-style and one of them walked in? Not that perfect family man Steve would ever do something like that. Steve also sort of regrets the way he laid down those rules.
“Look man, 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.”
Steve then compared you getting ambushed at your house to his staff members talking to him at work:
“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. 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. I appreciate you asking me.”
You know, if you look at it from the point of view of Steve’s staff, he gave them a precious gift of not having to talk to him. They don’t have to put on a fraudulent smile while saying good morning to him. They don’t have to make stupid small talk and they don’t even have to pretend to like him. They can Jessica Lange him all day long. They shouldn’t be mad. They should be scheduling an appointment to thank him for that!