Watch out Howard Stern, it looks like Steve Harvey is angling for the title of “King of All Media.”
Both outspoken men have much in common, including being unabashed divorcees, best-selling authors whose books were turned into hit movies (“Private Parts” and “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man,” respectively) and hosts of no-holds-barred radio shows heard throughout the nation. But when it comes to TV, Harvey just may have the leg up.
Stern made his prime time debut this year as a judge on “America’s Got Talent;” Harvey hosts “Family Feud” and his daytime talk show, “The Steve Harvey Show,” is set to premiere on September 4.
“I think it’s going to be great,” Harvey said about the show, which is currently in production at NBC’s Chicago studios. “It’s going to be a daytime show with a wonderful comedic spin where people get to laugh out loud during the daytime. At the same time, we’re going to have great take-aways about medical and weight, dieting, parenting, relationships. I got a lot to draw on.”
Harvey, 55, joins a growing list of daytime TV hosts looking to fill the void left by Oprah Winfrey. Katie Couric and Ricki Lake will debut new shows this fall, and mainstays Ellen DeGeneres and Wendy Williams have been renewed through 2014.
Harvey is confident he can stand out from the crowd. “I think the uniqueness of (my show) is the male perspective, which is missing from daytime television,” he said.
“Steve is like that wise but funny uncle we all have,” Dawn Davis, Harvey’s publisher at Harper Collins said. “The one with sage advice at graduation, and a healthy but gentle dose of truth-talking at Thanksgiving.”
That personality goes a long way, said Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott whose company syndicates “The Steve Harvey Show” on radio across the country to 7 million listeners.
“Steve Harvey’s audience growth and ratings have been consistently impressive…
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