×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Steve Harvey Apologizes for Joke About Asian Men: ‘Humor Was Not Meant With Any Malice’

Steve Harvey issued an apology on Tuesday for a segment on his talk show that poked fun at Asian men.

The show — which aired on Jan. 6 — featured Harvey mocking the title of self-help books. After showing the cover of “How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men,” Harvey launched into a minute-long monologue about how no women — white or otherwise — would ever go out with an Asian man.

Watch the segment below:

“Excuse me, do you like Asian men?” Harvey asked rhetorically. “No. Thank you.”

“You like Asian men?” he asked again. “I don’t even like Chinese food, boy. It don’t stay with you no time. I don’t eat what I can’t pronounce.” Harvey then doubled over while the audience uncomfortably laughed.

Members of the Asian American community did not find the segment humorous.

In an open letter to The New York Times, author Eddie Huang — whose memoir “Fresh Off the Boat” was turned in an ABC sitcom — said Harvey perpetuated the stereotype that “women don’t want Asian men.” Huang adds: “He speaks openly about issues facing the black community, he is a man of God, and he has a huge platform to speak from. Unfortunately, he’s also the type of guy who orders Krug champagne for himself and Cook’s for every one else. For his own personal profit, he’s willing to perpetuate the emasculation of Asian men regardless of how hypocritical it is.”

Last Thursday, a spokesman for “The Steve Harvey Show” issued a statement to Buzzfeed. “Steve Harvey was poking fun at unusual book titles in a comedic segment from Friday’s show,” it read. “His comments were never meant to demean the Asian community and the show sincerely apologizes to anyone who was offended.”

On Friday, Harvey — who had not apologized personally — said, “I ain’t been laughing that much over the past few days. They’re kinda beating me up on the internet right now for no reason. But, you know, that’s life, ain’t it?”

Apparently, Harvey figured out the reason for the backlash, tweeting a personal apology on Tuesday morning.

“I offer the humblest apology for offending anyone, particularly those in the Asian community, last week. It was not my intention and the humor was not meant with any malice or disrespect whatsoever,” he wrote.

The mea culpa came on the comedian’s 60th birthday and two weeks before he is scheduled to host the Miss Universe pageant in Manila, Philippines.

More TV

  • Crackle Latin America

    Sony Shuts Down Crackle Latin America Business

    Sony Pictures Television is folding the Crackle Latin America subscription VOD service, which has 400,000 subscribers across 17 countries, after concluding the business isn’t economically viable. Crackle Latin America first launched in April 2012 as an ad-supported streaming service — like the U.S. version of Crackle — before switching in 2016 to a subscription video-on-demand [...]

  • Empire of Sand Book

    Kronicle Media, Amyale, Rebel Maverick Option YA Novel 'Empire of Sand' for TV (EXCLUSIVE)

    Production companies Kronicle Media, Amyale and Rebel Maverick have partnered to develop the YA fantasy novel “Empire of Sand” by Tasha Suri as a TV series, Variety has learned exclusively. The novel by first-time author Suri is centers on Mehr, the illegitimate daughter of an imperial governor and an exiled Amrithi mother–a member of a race of [...]

  • 'NYPD Blue' Sequel Pilot Casts Fabien

    'NYPD Blue' Sequel Pilot Casts Fabien Frankel in Lead Role

    The “NYPD Blue” pilot at ABC has cast newcomer Fabien Frankel in the role of Theo Sipowicz, Variety has confirmed. Theo is the son of Andy Sipowicz, who was played in the original series by Dennis Franz. Like his father he is described as a hard-drinking, hard-headed, and quick-witted cop. Frankel is a recent graduate of the London Academy of [...]

  • Bradley Whitford photographed at the PMC

    Bradley Whitford on the 'Obligation' to Speak Out Politically

    Having starred on Aaron Sorkin’s “The West Wing” for seven seasons, Bradley Whitford is certainly no stranger to political television. Now he’s in two more such series: Nat Geo’s exploration of the dot-com era, “Valley of the Boom” in which he plays real-life Netscape CEO James Barksdale, as well as Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” in [...]

  • 'Vikings' Alum Travis Fimmel Among 10

    'Vikings' Alum Travis Fimmel Among 10 Cast in TNT Drama 'Raised by Wolves'

    TNT has set 10 cast members for the Ridley Scott-produced drama “Raised by Wolves.” The show, which was ordered straight-to-series in October, centers on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content