Steve Harvey is well-known for his ability to make people laugh, but the popular daytime television host isn't eliciting any chuckles from staff. Harvey issued a stern memo via email in an effort to protect his time and space behind the scenes of his Steve Harvey show, requiring that staffers make an appointment if they want to connect with him:
"I’d like you all to review and adhere to the following notes and rules for Season 5 of my talk show. There will be no meetings in my dressing room. No stopping by or popping in. NO ONE. Do not come to my dressing room unless invited. Do not open my dressing room door. IF YOU OPEN MY DOOR, EXPECT TO BE REMOVED.
"My security team will stop everyone from standing at my door who have the intent to see or speak to me. I want all the ambushing to stop now. That includes TV staff. You must schedule an appointment."
The memo was leaked to the media, and now Harvey is defending it as necessary, telling Entertainment Tonight:
"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.'"
Though Harvey did indicate he could have worded the memo a little differently, he is standing by his decision to write it in spite of the fallout that has come in its wake:
"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."
Since the email was leaked, Twitter has exploded with varying responses, but most were condemning the comedian for his decision. Here's a very brief sample:
However, other Twitter users believe Harvey's letter was justified because celebrities deserve a little privacy:
Harvey clearly felt the need to write the memo, and no one really knows what the comedian has experienced behind the scenes of the Steve Harvey show. Regardless, Harvey has made his stance well-known — and so have his fans.
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