Back in May, Steve Harvey sent out a memo to his staff and new employees in Los Angeles where his talk show was relocating, informing them of the do’s and do-not-do’s of working with Steve Harvey. It was a lot of words that essentially added up to: do not under any circumstances approach/ambush/talk to/make eye contact with Steve Harvey without an appointment to do so. Even if the building is burning down, let Steve Harvey figure that shit out on his own.
Steve later defended his memo, saying that if he didn’t put his foot down, people would be bothering him all day. He’s once again defending that memo, because Steve has a new show called Steve to promote, and he doesn’t want a pesky little thing called bad publicity to ruin those premiere week numbers.
Variety says Steve talked about the memo during the Television Critics Association press tour yesterday. Steve poked fun at himself, but he also poked at the people who just didn’t get Steve Harvey’s hi-larious sense of humor.
“I learned two things from that email…I can’t write and I should never write. It was something I wrote a year ago and someone didn’t get a job coming to LA and they got pissed. I was OK until I saw it on CNN and that’s when I know I was in a lot of trouble. The email was out there and it wasn’t a big deal to me at all.
I’m not a mean-spirited guy – I’m a very congenial guy to people who know me. I thought it was cute. You all didn’t.”
When asked how many members of his Chicago staff were brought to Los Angeles for his upcoming show, executive producer of Steve Shane Farley answered that it was about 10 out of 60. It’s a good thing Steve wasn’t asked to guess who he thought might have leaked that email, because going through 50 pissed-off and unemployed former staff members could take a while.
And besides, Steve is too busy for that! He’s got to think up more cute memos to send out to his staff. Stuff like: Don’t inhale all of Steve’s air when you pass him in the hallway (hold your breath, dummies), and Unless you wanna find yourself at the end of an unemployment line, stop looking at my mustache and wondering if it’s real.
Here’s Steve at the TCA press tour yesterday with Chrissy Metz, who no doubt had to make an appointment several weeks ago to pose for a picture next to him.