Steve Harvey’s talk show is moving to Los Angeles this fall, and it appears his new staff won’t be met with the warmest of welcomes.
A memo that was sent from Steve to his staff surfaced yesterday on Robert Feder’s Chicago media blog telling employees not to approach him.
“Do not come to my dressing room unless invited….Do not approach me while I’m in the makeup chair unless I ask to speak with you directly,” read the memo. “Do not take offense to the new way of doing business. It is for the good of my personal life and enjoyment.”
According to sources, the memo was sent to his staff in Chicago before the start of the fifth season of his former talk show, “Steve Harvey,” which ran for five seasons in national syndication.
Since the show is moving and has hired an all new crew, it’s alleged that the memo was leaked by a disgruntled staffer who didn’t get invited to move with the show.
The memo reads:
Good morning, everyone. Welcome back.
I’d like you all to review and adhere to the following notes and rules for Season 5 of my talk show.
There will be no meetings in my dressing room. No stopping by or popping in. NO ONE.
Do not come to my dressing room unless invited.
Do not open my dressing room door. IF YOU OPEN MY DOOR, EXPECT TO BE REMOVED.
My security team will stop everyone from standing at my door who have the intent to see or speak to me.
I want all the ambushing to stop now. That includes TV staff.
You must schedule an appointment.
I have been taken advantage of by my lenient policy in the past. This ends now. NO MORE.
Do not approach me while I’m in the makeup chair unless I ask to speak with you directly. Either knock or use the doorbell.
I am seeking more free time for me throughout the day.
Do not wait in any hallway to speak to me. I hate being ambushed. Please make an appointment.
I promise you I will not entertain you in the hallway, and do not attempt to walk with me.
If you’re reading this, yes, I mean you.
Everyone, do not take offense to the new way of doing business. It is for the good of my personal life and enjoyment.
Thank you all,
Translation: ‘Leave me the hell alone. I’m just here to do my job.’