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Q&A: Steve Harvey on Why He’s So Popular

Every day, fans can listen to Steve Harvey’s four-hour morning radio show, watch his talkshow, and see him host “Family Feud.” He’s also an author: The expanded version of his “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” was released June 3, while his “Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success” (both HarperCollins) will hit the shelves Sept. 9. Plus, he adds, “I’m a husband and a father, which takes up more time than anything!”

What’s your schedule like?
My typical day starts at 4:15 in the morning and ends at 7:30 at night. The key is I care about every minute of the day. I don’t have any unaccounted-for moments. My father always said, “Nobody respects a lazy man. You will not have my name and be lazy!” That was both a promise and a threat.

How do you maintain energy?
I watch what I eat. I don’t eat perfect, but I drink my green drinks, make sure I get the right nutrition, and I get blood work done every 3 to 4 months, to make sure I’m not slipping off the end anywhere. And every day for 20 minutes, I meditate. I shut it all down.

Why are you so popular?
Here’s what I hear the most: “You’re so real.” And real is relatable. I’ve always tried to be honest. People like a guy who puts it on the line, who’s not trying to be oatmeal man, where you are whatever flavor they sprinkle on you. You could be brown sugar, you could be cinnamon. I’m like most people’s outspoken uncle. They know he could say something that could turn Christmas. But he’s a good guy so we love him.

What would surprise people about you?
I think people would be surprised at the level of fear I have sometimes about my future. But I want people to know I have the same moments of doubt, fear, uncertainty everyone else has.

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