Steve Harvey Tells What Finally Made Him Worried About His Leaked Rude Employee Memo

Posted On : August 5, 2017
Steve Harvey (via Getty Images)

It’s been a few months since the infamous rudely worded memo Steve Harvey sent to his staff surfaced online, but in interviews, he’s still finding himself between a rock and a hard place over it. He’s currently promoting his new daytime show, which he’s permanently moved from Chicago to Los Angeles, CA. During the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Steve was asked about the memo again.

In May, news spread about Steve’s memo to his Chicago employees, which partly read:

“Do not come to my dressing room unless invited….Do not approach me while I’m in the makeup chair unless I ask to speak with you directly. […] Do not take offense to the new way of doing business. It is for the good of my personal life and enjoyment.”

Harvey On Memo: “I Thought It Was Cute”

Steve Harvey — (Photo by: Chuck Hodes/NBC)

After receiving major public backlash, he still doesn’t think it should have been deemed as offensive, but he did reveal that he learned a couple lessons from all of it.

Via Variety: “I learned two things from that email…I can’t write and I should never write,” Harvey quipped. “It was something I wrote a year ago and someone didn’t get a job coming to LA and they got pissed,” he confirmed.

“I was OK until I saw it on CNN and that’s when I know I was in a lot of trouble,” Harvey continued, bringing up the media firestorm that surrounded the controversy. “The email was out there and it wasn’t a big deal to me at all…I’m not a mean-spirited guy — I’m a very congenial guy to people who know me.” Poking fun at the entire situation, Harvey added, “I thought it was cute. You all didn’t.”

Most Staff Of Harvey’s Chicago Team Let Go

It was also confirmed that the prior claim that Steve had fired most of his current Chicago staff just before his relocation to Cali, is true. The producer for Harvey’s new Cali daytime show, Shane Farley, was with Harvey for the Television Critics Association press tour interview and confirmed that only 10 of Harvey’s 60 staff members were relocating to Cali with Harvey. The other employees will have to find new employment:

Via Variety: “The current staff that we have is because the type of the show that we’re doing,” Farley said,noting that many of the new staffers have experience in live news and all come from different background and settings, which will benefit the changes in format and tone on the new show.

Social Media vs. TV

The fact that Steve didn’t really get worried about his memo’s public backlash until it hit CNN’s television station, says a lot about how in-tune he was not with the social media at that time. He was already getting a virtual beatdown from millions of fans on social media over his email memo, long before CNN reported it. By the time that happened, the damage was already done and well circulated throughout Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and probably on every other social media platform you can think of.

Next time, Steve may be able to stay on top of his next public problem, if he- or his team- keep their ears to these social media streets…just a suggestion. But hey, at least he says he’s learned something from all of this.

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