According to multiple online celebrity gossip outlets — including RadarOnline, Lipstick Alley and Lee Bailey’s Eurweb — Chicago-based talk show host Steve Harvey blindsided his staff and crew of five years by laying them off and not offering them any positions when he launches his new Los Angeles-based show, STEVE, in September.
Reportedly, many staffers were, at least, ready to consider joining the 60-year-old Harvey, who also hosts TV’s Family Feud and Little Big Shots as well as his top-rated syndicated morning radio talk show.
One staffer reportedly lamented that, “He didn’t offer interviews to many people who have been with him since the beginning, and hurt lots of people who would move on their own to LA to be part of the new show.” one staffer told Radar.
Radar’s report goes on to say that Harvey did not address his staff, but had an executive producer do it. Other insiders say Harvey, who already commutes from Chicago to Hollywood, was tired of all the travel.
“Steve likes the weather better in LA,” a source said.
In an official press release from NBC, Harvey had this to say, “As I embark on this new adventure, I’m excited to explore everything Los Angeles has to offer for this new show.”
“STEVE is going to be different than my current daytime show. The new location will allow me to welcome more celebrity guests and more importantly, let me do what I enjoy doing best, being funny!”
But his departure from Chicago, and his loyal employees, has left no one laughing, according to Radar.
“The only contact the staff has heard about the show moving to L.A. with Steve was an email sent at the beginning of year that basically said not to stop him in the office, that he was too busy to talk.”
The nationally syndicated show will premiere on Tuesday, September 5th, airing on NBC Owned Television Stations along with leading station groups across the country, covering over 95% of the US TV households.
Harvey’s reps or NBC did not immediately respond to Reel Chicago’s request for comment.
LA-Based Colin Costello writes for film, TV, advertising and of course, Reel Chicago. Follow him on Twitter @colincostello10.