‘Little Big Shots’: Why is Melissa McCarthy Replacing Steve Harvey?
But it seems like his empire may be crashing down. Last week it was announced that Harvey would be replaced by comedian and actress Melissa McCarthy on Little Big Shots.
Why is McCarthy replacing Harvey?
Harvey has been hosting Little Big Shots for three seasons, so he has been with the show since the very beginning. Harvey’s big personality and jokes are much of what makes the show endearing and fun to watch.
But, NBC seems to believe that McCarthy’s energy is just what the show needs.
“Melissa’s just an incredible performer and incredible comedian,” NBC’s co-chairman of entertainment Paul Telegdy told People in a statement.
He believes that the actress “will bring a completely fresh perspective to [the show].”
With this new cast switch, Little Big Shots is aiming to shake things up.
“Melissa is a strong creative force with her own ideas,” Telegdy continued. Changes will be apparent.”
When will the replacement happen?
Little Big Shots is currently between seasons. There hasn’t been an exact date released for the show’s return but it is set to come back on Sunday nights after the end of football season.
When the show returns, McCarthy will be at the helm.
Harvey loses his talk show
This isn’t the only bad news that Harvey has received recently. It was also announced that his talk show, Steve, would be canceled after seven years.
The show filmed it’s final episode on Thursday and will air through June.
Harvey’s show will be replaced with Kelly Clarkson’s new show, The Kelly Clarkson Show.
Harvey said that he was a little hurt to find out about the switch in the news.
“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 said that he thought his show was safe because it had been doing so well.
“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.
Harvey’s show constantly delivered solid ratings. This season, it averaged about 1.8 million viewers a week, bringing it to the number five spot in the ranking of syndicated talk shows, according to Variety.
The show fell in behind The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dr. Phil, Live with Kelly and Ryan, and Maury.
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