Steve Harvey seems to be having more than just a little diva moment. And he’s not sorry about it.
Harvey will be moving his talk show to Los Angeles this fall but before leaving his set in Chicago he made a number of demands on his staff that didn’t set too well with them.
A memo sent from Harvey to his employees surfaced online via Robert Feder’s Chicago media blog – and it doesn’t exactly paint the host in a positive light.
Among the requests he makes of his staff members?
- 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 wait in the hallway to speak to me… make an appointment.
The memo was sent to Harvey’s staff in Chicago prior to the start of the fifth season of his former daytime program, “Steve Harvey,” which ran for five seasons in national syndication.
Beginning in a few months, the revamped series, simply titled “Steve”, will tape in Los Angeles at Harvey’s request, with a brand new crew.
Insider also say the messages may have been leaked by an ex- staff member, who was bitter about being let go.
Harvey reportedly did not attend the show’s wrap party.
Harvey has said the decision to write the memo was meant to ask “everyone to simply honor and respect” his privacy.
“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,'” he said. “And in hindsight, I probably should’ve handled it a little bit differently.”
He is not, however, sorry that he wrote it.
“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. “I don’t apologize about the letter.”