Steve Harvey confirms he wrote email to staffers, but won’t apologize for it

Steve Harvey is coming clean and admitting that he did in fact write that email of rules to his staffers, but is by no means apologizing for it.

As we reported, a rather harsh memo, which was sent to staffers of The Steve Harvey Show earlier this year, was published online recently by Chicago blogger Robert Feder.

The email had all kinds of restrictions in it basically telling show staffers not to approach the host unless you make an appointment and doing not speak to him unless spoken to. Harvey confirmed Thursday that he wrote the email.

The 60-year-old spoke to ET about why he wrote it and is not making any apologizes for it.

“I’ve always had a policy where, you know, you can come and talk to me— so many people are great around here, but some of them just started taking advantage of it,” he explained. “I’m in my makeup chair, they walk in the room. I’m having lunch, they walk in, they don’t knock. I’m in the hallway, I’m getting ambushed by people with friends that come to the show and having me sign this and do this. I just said, ‘Wait a minute.’ And in hindsight, I probably should’ve handled it a little bit differently.”

Harvey continued by saying “I don’t apologize about the letter, but it’s kind of crazy what people who took this thing and ran, man,” referring to the headlines it received. “I just didn’t want to be in this prison anymore where I had to be in this little room, scared to go out and take a breath of fresh air without somebody approaching me, so I wrote the letter.”

The comedian’s 80 employees who got that memo don’t have to worry about following those rules anymore though as the program is ending its five-year run in Chicago and Harvey is starting a new show in L.A. set to premiere in September. We wonder if those show staffers will get the same email.

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