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Steve Harvey Has Stopped Tap Dancing For Trump, But Is Now Buddy-Buddy With Ben Carson…

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Steve Harvey is finally opening up about the brutal backlash he received for meeting with Donald Trump and for that scathing memo he sent his employees … and he’s not apologizing for either.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the daytime talk show host revealed that his meeting with Trump yielded the opportunity to assist Ben Carson with HUD. Apparently, he has a vision to change inner-cities. Oh, and he hasn’t talked to Trump since.

What did you and Trump discuss?

We talked about golf for 20 minutes. And then I told him, “Mr. President, I’m going to be honest with you, I didn’t vote for you. I campaigned very hard for Hillary Clinton.” And I said, “The problem was that we made a lot of mistakes in the campaign. We were playing checkers and y’all was playing chess. But now that you’re here, you’re the 45th president and I’m going to help you.” He wants to know how, so I say, “You’ve appointed Ben Carson as the head of Housing and Urban Development, and I’ve got keys to a lot of cities around this country from the years of performing that I’ve done. I can get an ear to them really quick and find out what their real needs are. Y’all keep closing schools in the cities. Why don’t we take those schools that are closing, put some HUD money in them, and reopen them as vision centers and teach STEM and computers and coding? If you connect me with Ben Carson, I can help him with that.” A few minutes later, he had Ben Carson on the phone.

The funnyman also expressed his sentiments about the memo he sent telling employees to not talk to him. Basically, he’s like, sorry, not sorry

It seemed as though the backlash to the leaked memo you wrote threw you, too. Fair?

Yeah. (Laughs.) I’ve got six shows! My time is consumed. For four years, I tried to be congenial. I’ll talk to people. “Hey, how you doing?” But I started watching them take advantage of me, so now I come onstage, here they are. I go to my dressing room, here they are. I go down the hallway, there they are. I’m sitting in my makeup chair getting makeup done. “You didn’t hear me knock. Can I talk to you?” Boom, they’re in my dressing room. I put doorbells up. They quit ringing the doorbells. I put signs on my door, “Knock before you enter.” “You didn’t hear the knock, so I came on in.” So I said, “Wait a minute, man. Let me send a memo out at the beginning of the year so in year five I can just walk from backstage to my dressing room.” ‘Cause other celebrities, trust and believe, you can’t bother them. You better not even be in the hallway when they’re walking. So, I sent the memo at the beginning of the year. Then the year is over, we’re about to do the wrap party, and one very angry guy — and he’s angry because my new producer came up there and interviewed some people and he wasn’t one that was picked — sends it to [media writer] Robert Feder in Chicago. I was OK with it until I saw it on CNN.

…I got a call from Gayle King, “Would you come on CBS and explain the memo?” And I said, “I’m going to text you my statement,” and I did. Then she said, “Don’t you want to apologize to somebody? Because it just seems so mean.” That’s when I stopped texting because I’m not going to apologize because I wasn’t being mean. I did learn that I don’t know how to write.

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