After Steve Harvey’s talk show come to an end last week, another talk show host is parlaying his fame into new gigs. As such, Michael Strahan could be setting himself up to step into the famed comic’s shoes — or outright take them over.
Harvey’s revamped talk show “Steve,” was canceled after NBC revealed plans last year to replace the two-year-running show with “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” By September 2018, a shakeup was underway for “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” when Dallas-Fort Worth radio station KRNB gave the nationally syndicated program the ax in favor of “The Morning Rush with Claudia and Rudy.” The show includes former “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Claudia Jordan as a host. In another blow, Harvey’s morning show was pulled from a Pittsburgh station a month later.
Then in May, Harvey took yet another hit when it was revealed that one of the shows he hosts, the NBC variety program “Little Big Shots,” would be seeking a new host in the form of fellow comic Melissa McCarthy.
At the end of June, the last episode of “Steve” saw Harvey getting advice from Bishop T. D. Jakes.
“You’re not supposed to know [what’s going to happen],” he said on the “Steve” series finale. “Life is a mystery. If you take away the mystery and everything was certain you wouldn’t need faith. So God often puts us in positions where we don’t know to destabilize us from thinking and relying too much on what we know.”
Yet, as the sun sets in various ways on Harvey, it’s rising on Strahan.
The former NFL defensive end famously left ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Michael” abruptly in 2016. He parted with the program in favor of a full-time gig hosting on the network’s flagship morning show, “Good Morning America.”
Since 2018, Strahan has been co-hosting the third hour of “GMA” called “Strahan and Sara,” which features a host of celebrity guests and rising stars.
But that’s not all. Now Strahan is hosting the summer series “$100,000 Pyramid” on ABC.
“I love watching people win money, and it could be life-change amounts of money — sometimes it’s not as much as they would have hoped for, but just to see them have the chance to play the game. … I love the environment. I’d keep on coming back as long as they want me,” he said to Hollywood Outbreak of the program he not only hosts but executive produces.
Strahan manages to juggle all these things with his ongoing sports commentary on Fox NFL Sunday as well as hosting “Thursday Night Football.” Plus, he’s returning for the second year in a row as host and executive producer of Nickelodeon’s “Kids’ Choice Sports Awards.”
Reflecting on his post-football career gigs to Entrepreneur magazine in January, Strahan said he’s giving himself the chance to lessen the doubt he has in himself in order to attain success.
“You have to learn to not doubt yourself or doubt yourself a little less, so you give yourself at least a chance to compete and to be successful,” he states. “You figure it out, and you have to be open to trying to figure it out. And the risk is really in not being able to try. Because [if you don’t], you never know what you can do, and you’ll sit at home and wonder.”