Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Is Steve Harvey the New Oprah? Maybe...



Steve Harvey is probably one of the most popular and intelligent entertainers of our time. He embodies the term ENTERTAINER to the fullest extent. By trade Mr. Harvey is a comedian. Selling out arenas and comedy clubs around the world, Mr. Harvey has made his name synonymous with comedic greats like Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Bill Cosby, and more. But as I said earlier Steve Harvey is an ENTERTAINER, meaning he is a well rounded multifaceted media personality. He can do it all:  acting, comedy, community service, self help, film, tv, etc. 




Recently in a phone interview with the Hollywood Reporter he was asked if he was the "Next Oprah". Harvey humbly responded "Thats a scary headline, man." He then praised Oprah Winfrey for her work in television and stated that she is "One of a kind." He also said jokingly "I won't be Oprah, but maybe baby Oprah. Just call me Lil O!" By the way, Ms. Oprah Winfrey is set to appear on Steve Harvey's show at the end of April. An big endorsement that could and will push Steve Harvey to the top of the Talk Show circuit faster than expected (any endorsement or appearance by the incomparable Oprah Winfrey is a PLUS! Besides, Dr. Phil and Rachael Ray were backed by Oprah and to this day have top rated talk shows for well over 14 successful seasons between the two of them).



Steve Harvey has garned great ratings for his new tv talk show "The Steve Harvey Show". Ratings for his show have been reported at a 0.9 among women ages 25 to 54. It has gained some serious steam recently jumping from a 0.9 rating to a 1.0 rating in February. According to the Endemol company that produces Harvey's show "its making a slight profit " being sold to various stations across the country. Already having a strong following in the African American community from his comedy, Steve Harvey was able to cross over and become appealing to people of all races and walks of life (through both tv and radio). His humour, strong personality, and undeniable realness is what allows him to be such a permanent fixture in his current profession. 


Originally Steve Harvey saw himself doing late night talk shows like Jimmy Fallon, Jay Leno, and Jimmy Kimmel. But with his advice segments like "United Dates of America" and "Harvey's Heroes" Steve Harvey has placed himself at the top of the Day Time Talk Show list. Besides, his regular hosting duties he is the current host of his own radio show "The Steve Harvey Morning Show" and the game show "Family Feud". Steve has won many awards for his work in the media. For radio he won the Syndicated Personality/Show of the Year awards by Radio & Records magazine. At the BET Awards in 2011 he won the Humanitarian of the Year award. Recently he was voted Favorite New Talk Show Host at the 39th Annual People's Choice Awards. He also has his fashion line of dress clothes for men and women that can be found at K&G and JCPenny (for a complete look at his line or to find locations in your city to purchase please follow this link -> SteveHarveyCollection.com & Store Locator) Steve Harvey's also known for his non profit organization the Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men. In which he takes a hands on approach to change and shape the mind of young men from all over. This mentoring program helps to shape the future generations of young men for the world. Teaching them how to become strong, productive, successful, young men with dreams and goals to strive for.  





Steve Harvey is a man of many faces. I'm glad he's getting the push he deserves. I think his talk show is GREAT! I watch it often and I just love how he's down to earth and really gets involved with his guests. He tries hard to understand each person thats asks for advice and gives his true honest opinion. He's real and thats what makes him appealing to me. I'm a big fan of his even though I can admit that I haven't seen his movie Think Like a Man (sorry Mr. Harvey), even though it reportedly made over 100 million dollars in the box office by the end of its closing. Crazy, right? But then again when majority of your audience is women its not that shocking. Currently there are several publications that are reporting Think Like a Man 2 is in production. I hope it does as well as the first movie. 



Congratulations to you Steve Harvey for your great work with the young men of today, tv, radio, film, just EVERYTHING. Congrats on your unwavering success! Great men yield great work and you sir are a great man. 


Here in Cleveland, Oh, The Steve Harvey Show comes on at 2pm everyday on channel FOX 8. His talk show is in syndication so its available nationwide just check your local listings! 

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