Steve Harvey is breaking his silence on the leaked memo to his former staff in Chicago.
On Thursday morning, a letter went viral of Harvey demanding his employees to not approach him or speak to him unless asked. After the barrage of headlines and negative comments, Steve decided to share his side of the story.
The television host revealed to Kevin Frazier’s Entertainment Tonight, “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. 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.”
The 60-year-old continued, “In hindsight, I probably should’ve handled it a little bit differently.” That’s when Steve referred to his dressing room as a “prison.”
“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,” the host explained. “I don’t apologize about the letter, but it’s kind of crazy what people who took this thing and ran, man.”
Steve is currently moving his daytime talk show from Chicago to Los Angeles.
The email, which was written over a year ago, can be read in it’s entirety 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,