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It’s safe to say Steve Harvey’s stern message to staff isn’t sitting well with … well, anyone.

In case you’re playing catch-up, the popular talk show host recently found himself in the hot seat after a memo to the staff — demanding they give him his space — leaked on Robert Feder’s media blog. “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,” the memo reads. “I want all the ambushing to stop now. That includes TV staff.”

Furthermore, Harvey added he’ll only be speaking to staff by appointment. “Do not approach me while I’m in the makeup chair unless I ask to speak with you directly,” he wrote. “Do not wait in any hallway to speak to me. I hate being ambushed.”

As for the reason behind the 60-year-old comedian’s rant, he’s apparently in need of more “free time” throughout the day and does not want the staff to “take offense to the new way of doing business.” He further explained, “It is for the good of my personal life and enjoyment.”

Meanwhile, an insider on the production tells “ET” that the host was impacted by the backlash this week, as his hit show packs up and prepares to move operations to Los Angeles. “He was emotional, but still ‘Steve’ and made everyone laugh too,” the source said. “The majority of the staff have no bad feelings about Steve. People are sad that they are looking for jobs, but understand things change.”

According to the source, it’s all a big misunderstanding. “This whole story has been overblown,” the insider said, adding, “[It] hasn’t been a bad season and people weren’t angry in the office. If morale is bad, it’s because people will be out of a job, not because Steve treated them badly.”

A second source alleged, “He was tearful in the last production meeting, but not apologetic.”

Harvey on the other hand, is standing by his memo, telling “ET,” “Everybody wants the freedom to be able to move around.

“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 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.

“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. I don’t apologize about the letter, but it’s kind of crazy what people who took this thing and ran, man. I appreciate you asking me.”

What are your thoughts on the memo? Sound off in the comment section below.

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  • djs

    If there are any tears shed they’re for Steve.. in his mind he’s God 🙄

  • neec

    I see nothing wrong with what he said.That’s not a place of recreation it’s a place of business. And he right there isn’t the time or the place, so respect that.https://media.tenor.co/images/97ef655caabe839fb8949d584f069035/tenor.gif

    • nosey rosy

      its a place to work but he set it up that way by telling them it was ok to talk to him remember he used them when he was going through all that ms universe drama , they were his support system . he had someone who rallyed with him but he dont need them now .. . LA dont want him out there .. california people dont dig no clown in no suite .. half ass joking about nothing ..his wife wanted to move there to better her modeling and hustling career .. she is a digger ,and she will be the one who bring him to his knees . talkin bout he need his space in a place .. your team need to be there . wendy williams dont do her folks like that ,, her makeup people and wardrobe folks come to her all the time to talk .. al lhe had to do is say no quest back stage you dont de friend the staff who has to hook u up for stage .. now no one will be comfortable around him

    • PB

      I agree. IMO, him having an open door policy in the first place was not a good idea considering the demands of his position(s). But the way he changed his open door policy was rude, arrogant, and disrespectful.

  • nosey rosy

    scared to come out with body guards around, since his trump visit i hear he wearing a bullet proof . stfu steve, he is such a narcasit margie are you listening? this is what mary lost ” nothing but a old aging comedian , with issue in his head about his fame and wanting to be big as oprah without the cash he act like he the president?” he has gone way to far this time . those staff people keep him together their job is to communicate with him . if you tired of poor average people go live on the moon coon. iam no sick of this tight suit, shinny head , hugh lip hugh nose . half ass comedian wanna be. he aint even funny …. people just like seeing a black man in a nice suit is what wins him over., if he wante to help blacks and people be a civil rights leader ,, or join the NAACP . fake steve …

    he just want to be liked . . he know he lost major fans when he dogged his son moma, for no reason took that womans house car , and left no money . . . all cause he wanted a pretty lil light eyed trap queen on his side . this is what black men do she is close to white as he could get . she is his white lady …… trust that ., he is so hated and its just catching up for real . .the miss universe pageant ,, trump visit , and no his whining about his privacy is way to queeenish

  • Betty-B

    He’s an ASS, always been. He is not that funny, I hate listening to show, they crack up like it’s the funniest thing they ever heard each time he speaks. PLEASE stop the fake laughter

    • Sheilah Stover

      yes yes!!

      • britishrose

        yessssss betty you got a point i notice , shirley straw berry them laugh at every thing steve say funny or not , they never correct him , and they allow him to say what he wants bs .he is a narcassit they speak of lies and are stupid

    • The Tech Librarian

      Yeah. It’s sad because Bernie mac was the man, and a very nice person

      • DORETTE

        YEA, I met Bernie at Crustacean in LA…took me awhile to watch SOUL MEN after he passed.Used to go to the gym 5 days a week and prop myself on the treadmill for an hour watching Bernie.Bernie I miss you.

  • Sheilah Stover

    he would have free time if he stopped trying to be the HARDEST WORKING MAN IN AMERICA- as well Steve is not that friendly. Met him at a book signing; he was late, and arrogant when he got there. Needless to say since I had purchased the book and waited I was not “not” going to have it signed by him!

  • Gerri Pariah

    His staff should constantly (intentionally) mess everything up. Always say we made an appointment about this so we will straighten this out in the fall. Start with his lunch, give him frog legs & choc covered grasshoppers. When he complains say I was going to ask what you wanted, but remembered the memo. I made an apt. In three months I’ll meet you in your office to discuss your lunch today!! LOL!!

  • DORETTE

    Human beings have an affinity to drama.I believe it was taken out of context.

  • Peace

    Maybe it wasn’t taken out of content maybe he should have addressed it in a better friendlier way. After all these people are like family since he spends most of his time with them on a daily basis. Everyone needs their personal space at times, but if he hadn’t written a memo and called a breakfast or lunch pow wow they probably would have received it better.

  • Kelley Frazier

    I get it and totally agree with Steve Harvey. Personal space a quiet moment to think and gather ones thoughts and days is essential and very much needed especially when you have a lifestyle and work that demands so much of your time and attention. Im not a celebrity (thank God) but I know what its like to want to just walk around or be some where and not be bothered. We all have moments like that. So yes I get it and Steve keep doing you love. Your doing a great job. Proud of you and your success and so is God.

  • PB

    There is nothing wrong or unusual about a person in a high position changing from an open door policy to a closed door policy. The problem is the way Steve did it. Typical arrogant, inconsiderate Steve. Nothing seems to matter to him but money, stardom, and his scandalous wife. As long as he’s getting paid big to grin, shuffle, and talk like a field slave, he’ll have all three for a long time to come. He’s disgusting.