Steve Harvey didn’t make any friends at the start of Season 5 of his daytime talk show. In fact, he’s pretty darn lucky this memo didn’t leak earlier.
Robert Feder’s Chicago media blog leaked the memo with a not-so-fond farewell to Harvey, who taped his last episode of The Steve Harvey Show after five years in the Windy City. The email dictated such orders as, “Do not open my dressing room door. IF YOU OPEN MY DOOR, EXPECT TO BE REMOVED.”
While it’s important to set personal boundaries if you are feeling overwhelmed at work or in a relationship, there is such a thing as treating others with respect and delivering the message with kindness. Harvey did none of that.
According to Radar Online, he called a staff meeting to smooth over everyone’s ruffled feathers, but he got very little sympathy.
“He didn’t really apologize, but you could tell his ego is bruised,” said Radar Online’s source. “He actually started crying at one point, but to some it seemed like just more show business from Harvey. It seemed so fake, like he literally looked into the lights to get himself crying.”
Ouch! There’s no love lost between his Chicago staff, especially since most are losing their jobs while he moves the show to Los Angeles beginning in the fall.
“People were just standing there with their arms crossed,” said the insider.
Harvey knew he had to do a little PR control as well. He talked to Entertainment Tonight about the debacle.
“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,” he said to ET. “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.”
If Harvey has no one to apologize to, then why all of the tears? No wonder his staff didn’t buy his half-hearted attempt at making peace. If my boss did the same thing? Nope.