Steve Harvey doesn’t apologize for brutal staff rules

Harvey during the 2016 Neighborhood Awards.

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Steve Harvey’s daytime talk show is a lighthearted variety
show of family-friendly jokes and relationship advice, but the
comedian was running his team under a list of draconian demands.

On Wednesday, veteran Chicago media reporter
Robert Feder published a leaked email
from Harvey to his talk
show team that included rules like, “Do not open my dressing room
all the ambushing to stop now.”

Harvey confirmed the authenticity of the email
with Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier
on Thursday, and
told him, “I don’t apologize about the letter, but it’s kind of
crazy what people who took this thing and ran, man.” He added
that “in hindsight, I probably should’ve handled it a little bit
differently,” given that its brutal tone made it go

“The Steve Harvey Show” team wrapped its final day of production
in Chicago on Thursday, after five seasons in the city. The
show is relaunching as a more celebrity-centric series
called “Steve” and will be shot in Los Angeles. Feder reported
that “most if not all” of the 80 people who worked for
Harvey in Chicago would be out of a job when the first
iteration of his show ended.

Sources told Radar Online
last week that Harvey did not give
staffers an opportunity to follow him to the new show, and did
not give them much notice of the change. 

Harvey told ET’s Frazier that he had lost control of his staff
ahead of Season 5, and that’s why he sent the email Feder
published. “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,” he said.

The full leaked email is below, and
you can read Feder’s analysis and more details at his

“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

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,

Steve Harvey”

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