‘Little Big Shots’: What Will Steve Harvey Do Now That He’s Fired and His Show ‘Steve’ is Cancelled?
Steve Harvey is having a rough week. And by rough, we mean probably one of the toughest of his career. His show, Steve, was canceled after seven years. The show will be replaced by Kelly Clarkson’s new venture, The Kelly Clarkson Show.
Harvey was shocked to learn that his show had been canceled after so many good years.
“I’m an honorable guy and I’m just an old school guy and I just thought that you’re supposed to talk to people and go, ‘Look, you’ve been good business for us,” he said at the Variety Entertainment Summit. “‘This is what we’re thinking of doing. Are you okay with that?’ No, you don’t just put something in the paper and say, ‘I’m gonna make this move right here’ because it’s crazy,” he said. “You look at the numbers.”
He thought that his ratings would have kept him around.
“I thought I was [staying with the network] until they made an announcement a couple weeks ago that they wanted to give Kelly Clarkson the owned and operated NBC Networks, and that’s my slot,” he said.
The downfall of Harvey’s show started after his five-year deal with Endemol ended and the comedian made a deal with IMG Original Content to produce the show. IMG offered Harvey a larger stake in Steve and more creative control.
This change angered NBCUniversal because they lost a lot of stake in Harvey’s show, causing them to seek a replacement.
But, that’s not the only bad news that Harvey has gotten. He has also been let go from Little Big Shots.
Who is replacing Harvey on ‘Little Big Shots’?
Since letting go of Harvey, NBC has decided to bring comedian Melissa McCarthy to take his place.
“Melissa’s just an incredible performer and incredible comedian,” NBC’s co-chairman of entertainment Paul Telegdy said in a statement.
He went on to say that the actress “will bring a completely fresh perspective to [the show].”
McCarthy is set to really shake things up.
“Melissa is a strong creative force with her own ideas,” Telegdy continued. “Changes will be apparent.”
The show will return for its new season in the winter with McCarthy as the host.
What will Harvey do now?
Luckily for Harvey, he has a number of other jobs that he will likely continue. The comedian has been hosting Family Feud for almost 10 years and hosts the celebrity version of the show, as well. He has also hosted the Miss Universe pageant, Fox’s New Year’s special, and Showtime at the Apollo.
In addition those ventures, Harvey also hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show on the radio.
Is ‘Steve’ over?
While Steve will no longer air on television, it might not be the end of the show completely.
According to Variety, Harvey may reach out to digital platforms, such as Facebook, to showcase a similar show.
Other talk shows like Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk have seen significant success on Facebook.
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