There’s been a lot of speculation about who will take over Oprah Winfrey’s title as the Queen of Daytime talk, but it looks like it might be Steve Harvey taking over the throne as the king.
The comedian, author and morning radio personality is in talks to launch a new daytime talk show in 2012.
“Steve Harvey is a multi-talented entertainer, a best-selling author, host of a No. 1-rated radio program and a huge TV personality—Steve is a proven ratings winner," said Barry Wallach, president of NBC Universal Domestic TV Distribution. "We are excited to work with Steve Harvey and the Endemol production team on this new talk show," he told The Hollywood Reporter.
The syndicated talk show will reportedly mix in a bit of comedy. In the Strawberry Letter portion of his morning radio program, Steve reads letters from fans and doles out advice with a touch of humor. It’s become one of the more popular elements of the daily program and helped motivate Steve to write his first book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, which is now being turned into a feature film.
If Steve’s show does launch, he’ll be one of the few African Americans, along with Gayle King of OWN, to have his own daytime show.
As host of “The Family Feud,” Steve is no stranger to daytime gigs.
With the noted exceptions of Oprah Winfrey and Arsenio Hall, African American hosts have had varying degrees of success with talk shows. Recently, “Lopez Tonight,” hosted by comedian George Lopez was cancelled, and rumors have circulated that BET’s “The Mo’Nique Show” is on an indefinite hiatus.
—Tracy L. Scott
Watch below as Steve offers some funny advice on relationships.
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