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Steve Harvey Honored With Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Multimedia titan’s dance card is impossibly full, and he’s OK with that

Steve Harvey wakes up every morning at 4. He showers, eats a piece of fruit, grabs some coffee and immediately goes to studio to record his radio show from 5-9 a.m.

By 9:30 he’s in a post-production meeting and then segues to another board meeting for his daytime talk show, “Steve Harvey,” which swept February ratings in the coveted 25-54 age group for women.

Harvey tapes that show until 12:45 p.m., takes a 20- to 30-minute break, goes back to taping, attends a few more meetings, goes to the gym, and then retires to bed.

This cycle repeats five days a week from late August until the beginning of May. During his talkshow hiatus, Harvey handles gameshow hosts duties for “Family Feud,” which recently pulled ahead of “Wheel of Fortune” in the 25-54 women’s age demographic for the first time in years.

“I won’t lie to you, I don’t know anything that’s successful that’s easy — it’s a bit much,” the multihyphenate says. “But at the same time, it’s such an honor to do what you want to do for a living.”

The prolific comedian sounded exhausted but nonetheless gratified, and soon he’ll have another thing to be thankful for: a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Harvey has created his own veritable one-man empire, with successes in film, daytime television, publishing and radio, by simply challenging himself.

“I just always wanted to keep evolving and reinventing myself,” he says. “Most people get stuck on one idea and you can miss out on a lot of opportunities … but everything is centered around my comedy.”

Harvey began his career in stand-up, generating enough notice that he was asked to host TV’s “It’s Showtime at the Apollo.” In 1997 he toured with D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer and the late Bernie Mac as one of the Original Kings of Comedy. Their final show was filmed by Spike Lee, and underscored the range of Harvey’s capabilities.

“With his flat-top fade haircut now trimmed so it’s no longer within range of air-traffic control, Mr. Harvey unleashes a shotgun splatter of profanity,” wrote A.O. Scott in the New York Times, adding, “It may shock audiences who know him only from “The Steve Harvey Show,” where he plays Steve Hightower, rhythm-and-blues star turned teacher.”

Much of Harvey’s humor, and by extension his success, stems from his interpersonal relationships with his viewers and listeners, particularly when it comes to love and relationship advice. From his “Strawberry Letter” segment on the “Steve Harvey Morning Show,” to the “Ask Steve” stand-up portion of his daytime talkshow, to conversations with his adult daughters, Harvey tapped into his knowledge of the male psyche.

“When I helped my daughters when they were at a dating age, I gave them a lot of advice and they said, ‘Well that ought to be a book, my friends need to hear this,’ ” Harvey says. After talking to women of all ages and experiences who had questions about how men think, Harvey began the process of writing his first self-help book, “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment.” The 2009 New York Times best-seller turned into a movie “Think Like a Man,” which topped the box office when it opened April 20, 2012, and ended “The Hunger Games” reign, and went on to gross more than $90 million domestically.

While Harvey doles out advice, he claims that having a sense of humor is something that cannot simply be learned or acquired over time.

“You can’t just develop a sense of humor … you have to be born with it and develop a viewpoint that’s attractive to people,” he says.

Having retired from stand-up in August, Harvey hopes to write another book, but feels that his true calling might be as a motivational speaker.

“I see myself as a sharer by nature,” he says. “I believe in trying to help as many people as I can, because there have been many people who have helped me in my journey, and I have to remember to pay it forward.”

It seems no matter what medium Harvey engages in, he speaks his mind, and — based on his success — people are eager to listen, and maybe even laugh.

Ha-ha Hurrahs

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  1. This is really not that much of an honor, someone nominated him for a star and it is paid by either Steve or the nominee (and I don’t think anyone else would have put up $30,000.00 for a star) so Steve probably paid for this out of his own pocket, that’s why a lot of stars really don’t want it. Steve you have accomplished a lot, but this is a superficial award, just be thankful to GOD for your blessings.

  2. DEAR MR. HARVERY, I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU. I STILL HAVE TAPES OF (ME AND THE BOYS) I HAVE ALL YOUR DVD’S, BOOKS. I HAVEN’T READ ALL BECAUSE I GET PISSED THAT YOU ARE SO RIGHT. SO I STOP READING. WHEN YOU CAME TO TYLER, TEXAS , MY DAUGHTER AND HAD FRONT VIP SEATS. MY SISTER AND FAMILY WAS ON FAMILY FEUD. THE MATHIS. I WAKE UP TO YOU EVERY MORNING AT 5AM AND AT 5:12AM I TURN THE RADIO OFF BECAUSE I HAVE 4 JOBS AND I HAVE TO STAY FOCUS AND GET DRESS. I JUST WENT THRU A UGLY DIVORCE OF 29 YEARS. HE IS YOUR AGE. HE NEVER WANTED TO GO SEE YOU., THINK THAT IS WHY HE LEFT ME, LOL LOL NO HE FOUND HIM SOMEONE ELSE. NOW I WATCH THE STEVE HARVERY SHOW. I TAKE MY LUNCH OR BREAK NO ONE CAN DISTURBED ME. MY WISH ONE DAY IS TO BE ON YOUR SHOW AND MEET SOME ONE KINDA CLOSE TO YOU. CAN’T HAVE YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE HAPPY MARRY, BUT YOU DO SO GOOD IN MATCHING PEOPLE UP. I AM TRYING TO DATE AGAIN, BUT I LIVE IN A SMALL TOWN AND EVERYBODY KNOW EVERYBODY BUSINESS. I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU, YOUR BEAUTIFUL WIFE AND YOUR KIDS. I PRAY FOR YOU EVERYDAY THAT YOU CONTINUE TO GOOD. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, I CAN WATCH YOU OVER AND OVER AND LAUGH LIKE IT MY FIRST TIME SEEING YOU, MY GRANDKIDS THINK THAT YOU ARE MY BOY FRIEND,LOL LOL GOD BLESS YOU STEVE. JUST ONE OF YOUR BIGGEST FAN IN KILGORE, TEXAS . ANN JOHNSON

  3. STEVE HARVEY I’VE BEEN A FAN OF YOURS SINCE THE APOLLO THEATER, YOU ARE JUST WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO BE, A MESSENGER AND EVIDENCE OF HOW GOD CAN WORK IN YOUR LIFE IF YOU ALLOW HIM TO DO SO…I LISTEN TO THE MORNING SHOW EVERY DAY, I LOVE THOSE INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGES AND THEN THE TRANSFORMATION TO THE OTHER STEVE HARVEY, YOU AND THE CREW ARE SO FUNNY AND I’M VERY VERY PROUD OF YOU..MUCH LOVE AND PEACE…PEARL MATTHEWS OF DETROIT, MI 48207….

  4. I never really cared for Steve Harvey’s stand-up when he started out, I always had the impression he was imitating Richard Pryor. And the old Steve Harvey Show, with the school setting was just terrible and too painful to watch. But over the years, while I wasn’t watching, something changed, to me Steve appeared to be more respectful, articulate and comfortable in his delivery, a lot more relaxed and damn funny. I can’t recall any game show host that has ever done a better job then Steve does on Family Feud, he’s absolutely brilliant, and very respectful and comforting to every guest he has. We actually record Steve when we can’t be home, Steve’s daytime show as well, and like the fact he talks about his family and shares personal stories with the audience too, a class act!
    Congratulations Steve, you’re solid, and I have nothing but respect for you!

  5. May God continue to bless you Steve, I love you. Thank you for my everyday laughs I get with you its like medicine to my soul ! Congrats on your star on Hollywood, you also have many Stars in your crown that God has for you, as you have walked in your gifts. I see you as my brother I’m so Proud of you .

  6. I truly lov Steve Harvey, from the Steve Harvey show to Kings of Comedy to Family Feud to the talk show. He is great amd I saw him do his last standup at Constitution Hall in D.C.

  7. steve harvey congratulations boy you have become as big as life next move handprints infront of grahmans chinese theatre ya boy red dallas tx.

  8. Yayyy Steve! This is only a portion of honor due to you for all the positive things that you do for the community, the world at large and most importantly in the name of God. You are very funny, kind at the core and inspirational. Much love and respect going forward and thank you for being an example for what is possible if you hold out and do the right thing.

  9. Steve Harvey’s life is a blueprint for others of what hard work, endurance and the grace of God can do. I will be there to see him get his star today and will see his this August ant his annual Neighborhood Awards.

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