Steve Harvey Speaks Out About His Staff Memo
Steve Harvey is addressing his abrasive staff memo, where he advised his staff not to approach him without an appointment or they will be handled by his security.
Speaking exclusively to Kevin Fraser of “Entertainment Tonight,” Steve says he isn’t going to apologize for the letter, but he “should’ve handled it differently.”
The award-winning talk show host shared how his staff began exploiting his open door policy and he got tired of being ambushed or being forced to seclude himself like he’s in “prison” to get some privacy.
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.
Look man, I’m in my makeup chair, they walk in the room. I’m having lunch, they walk in, they don’t knock. I’m in the hallway, I’m getting ambushed by people with friends that come to the show and having me sign this and do this. I just said, ‘Wait a minute.’ And in hindsight, I probably should’ve handled it a little bit differently.
If you come out your house, you don’t want anybody on your porch waiting on you. You walk to your car, you don’t want people bothering you on your way to your car. Everybody wants the freedom to be able to move around.
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. I don’t apologize about the letter, but it’s kind of crazy what people who took this thing and ran, man. I appreciate you asking me.
Steve Harvey has every right to demand his privacy. But, it’s not what you say…it’s how you say it.
He definitely wrote that letter completely submerged in his feelings…or the sunken place.