Steve Harvey on Choosing Daytime Over Late Night: “Daytime Started to Feel Like a Better Fit”

Multitasking entertainment mogul Steve Harvey will join one of the most crowded daytime talk show premiere seasons ever, starting Sept. 4 when the nationally-syndicated Steve Harvey premieres. In a recent interview with the Oakland Tribune, the host of the Steve Harvey Morning Show, Family Feud and author of Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man (which was adapted into a blockbuster film) had this to say about why he decided to do a daytime show:

 I've always wanted to do one. That was the dream. But my goal for years was late night. I'm a stand-up comedian and that's where all my counterparts were. Jay Leno. George Lopez. Conan. Letterman. Kimmel. … But my life changed and I evolved as a person. I got more into family and faith. And then was "Family Feud" and my book for women, the movie, and I was thrust more into the mainstream. So daytime started to feel like a better fit.

Watch a sneak peek of Steve Harvey—where Harvey schools a guest on how foul it is to break-up via text—after the jump!


11 Responses

  1. Profile photo of Nk3play2

    I am so happy that GH has a new time slot… sorry for the Talk, they are now off my schedule, and GH has taken their slot… but I do really enjoy Steve Harvey and I will make sure to catch his show, and avoid that curse’d “Katie” whenever I can!!!!

  2. Profile photo of MsAgentProvocateur1

    @Nk3play2. I think it’s only fair that Talk is now off your schedule since The Talk replaced a cancelled CBS soap in the first place. In the scheme of things it works out as great karma. Don’t you think?


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    Jamey Giddens

    CBS had no choice but to replace the P&G soaps. I don’t blame The Talk the way I do The Chew and The Revolution, which were systematically created to kill soaps. P&G wanted out of soaps. What was CBS to do? They have to program their daypart. Plus, The Talk heavily promotes CBS’ current daytime soaps.

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    @marybee50… if that were the case for me, then I wouldn’t watch either… but since he comes on at 3 where I am, I can happily support him, GH, Days and avoid Katie like the freaking plague and maybe even catch The Talk online like I used to…

    @MsAgentProvocateur1 and when it comes to The Talk, I’d never watched any of the cancelled CBS soaps… I just recently started getting into the CBS shows; but the like Jamey said, P&G owned those shows and they wanted to get rid of them… CBS was not at fault for that… P&G was and P&G has nothing to do with The Talk!!!

  5. Profile photo of SZima

    Just another dumb-ass talk show I won’t be watching.

    We are so over-run with talk these days. Does every D-List entertainer think they can have a talk show when their career is in the tank? Who do these egotistical people think they are? There is not ONE new talk show I will watch, nor do I watch most of the existing ones. What does Steve Harvey, Jeff Probst, Ricki Lake, Katie, etc. have to offer that’s not already being done…and not done very well most of the time? Kelly and Ellen are the only two I watch, but I even record them so I don’t have to watch stupid segments and guests I don’t like.

    The good ole days of daytime are gone…may they RIP. I’m going to renew my library card!

  6. Profile photo of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    Has anyone seen this yet? The only channel where I will see it is a Detroit affiliate, and they aren’t starting it until next Monday (with all the other new talk shows). I’m just wondering if it really did premiere this week.

  7. Profile photo of marybee50

    Tv Gord-I’ve caught parts of it this week.It doesn’t turn me off,but,I can’t see it soaring in ratings.Steve is likable enough.The show seems like a mild Maury.No baby drama,but guests who make stupid mistakes,like breaking up by text.He keeps the show moving,and have not seen any big name guests.The best segment was at the end,when a guest had a robot programmed to do comedy.The robot had a moustache like Steve’s,but the best part was the robot was programmed to dance.It really had some good moves.

    Harmless programming,nothing earth shattering.Mostly background fare.

  8. Profile photo of marybee50

    TV Gord-you’re welcome.I don’t think he’s as wild as Maury,he just gets the audience involved to a point.But,he does like to dispense advice,more like Dr Phil.I don’t watch alot of talk shows,except sports and MSNBC,so I may not be the best to judge.The parts I have seen,for lack of a better description,are bland.

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