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Donnie Simpson mocks Steve Harvey’s infamous staff memo

Photo Credit: Facebook - Donnie Simpson

Photo Credit: Facebook – Donnie Simpson

Steve Harvey came under a maelstrom of fire last week when a memo from the mogul was leaked showing what many considered to be harsh rules from Harvey explaining that his staff members are not allowed to approach or speak to him without his permission. While most of the internet was already roasting Harvey, fellow legendary host Donnie Simpson decided to chime in this weekend and he playfully mocked Harvey’s memo with one of his own.

As previously reported, in Harvey’s memo he stated, “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. I want all the ambushing to stop now. That includes TV staff.”

Harvey also said that he will only speak to staff if they set up an 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.”

Well, after reading the memo and headlines covering the backlash, Simpson decided to post a memo to his staff on his Facebook page, poking fun at Harvey’s initial memo:

“Good morning everyone. Welcome.
I’d like you all to review and adhere to the following notes and rules for season 63 of my life.
Meeting me in my dressing room is cool anytime. Just pop in. Anyone. Anytime.
Please don’t feel like you have to be invited to my dressing room. I’m always available.
IF YOU OPEN MY DRESSING ROOM DOOR, YOU WILL NOT BE REMOVED. You may be surprised, but not removed.
My security team consists of my grandkids. 9-year-old Norah, 6-year-old Cooper, 3-year-old Ellie, and 16-month Eden. Ellie, in particular, is not good at playing hide and seek. So if you’re trying to see me, she’ll be happy to tell you exactly where I’m at.
Don’t ever feel like you’re ambushing me. I don’t like people thinking I’m unapproachable.
When you see me, say what you gotta say. You don’t need no damn appointment.
My policy is loose and lenient. Always feel free to take advantage of that.
When I’m in the makeup chair, it’s a perfect time to talk to me. It’s 20 minutes of something I don’t want to do anyway. I welcome the distraction. Excuse my lack of eye contact though. I have someone applying eyeliner around my eyes and someone else cutting hairs out of my nose and my ears.
I am seeking more free time for all of us throughout the day. We all want to get home to our real lives and Loves.
If you see me in the hall and want to talk to me about something, bring it. I prefer things informal. We don’t need a meeting.
I’ll be happy to walk with you in the hallway or to sit on the floor and talk if you want. Whatever’s cool with you, is cool with me.
If you’re reading this know that I Love you and don’t view my life as anymore important than yours. I mean that and I think you know that.
I can’t imagine I’ve said anything here that offends anyone, but if I have, please let me know. However, for that, you will need an appointment. Just kidding.
These new rules are really just one old rule. A rule we all learned in the 3rd grade or bible school. The Golden Rule. I believe it said treat others as you want to be treated.
Love you all,

Donnie Simpson”


What do you think of Simpson mocking Harvey’s letter? Let us know in the comments.


  1. Michelle Hughes-Taylor on May 14, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    I think it’s great!!!! Steve is so overrated and full of himself. He feels ambushed because he can’t handle tough questions and real conversations. People are about to lose their jobs. Why wouldn’t you talk to them. Great job Donnie and thank you for continuing to be who you’ve always been…a real person.

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    • Stephanie Scott on May 15, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      I agree. Donnie Simpson called Steve Harvey out, not by attacking him per se but by leading by example. I love the way you handled that Donnie. I hope you are reading this Steve so you can see how you just got read!

    • Hubert Smith on May 17, 2017 at 9:57 am

      This man is a verifiable tool. #1 His show, “Family Feud,” is dedicated to making fun of black folks. #2 So are shows like “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” #3 The Race Hustler Industry will NEVER call out these travesties.

  2. Angela Gordon on May 14, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    I love this!!!

  3. britishrose on May 15, 2017 at 8:20 am

    those talk shows harvey got donnie simpson would be perfect for he is nice kind and always smiling . i dont know where he went to , , bet use to have the best anchor people until they dropped donnie and whats her face his host ..

  4. Chuck on May 15, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I see Donnie is as cool as he was during his BET days. We should stop supporting Steve Harvey to remind him that he needs people and also to ground him again.

    • Sheilah Stover on May 15, 2017 at 11:07 am

      Here, HERE I did that years ago- he was rude to me at a book signing after I spent my hard earned money, waited for his late behind and then he was arrogant.

      • Robbin Townsend on May 15, 2017 at 2:04 pm

        MONEY, PROPERTY, and PRESTIGE DIVERTED HIM FROM BEING THE MAN HE ONCE WAS.I have commented before. ..Remember where u came from because you might wind right back there.

        • Robbin Townsend on May 15, 2017 at 2:08 pm

          Yes my comment was for Mr.Harvey. Donnie you are the man. The more you appreciate your workers the more they appreciate you. Both u and workers have a productive day instead of a hateful and non productive day. Which is more feasible????

        • Charles Holland on May 15, 2017 at 2:10 pm

          “MONEY, PROPERTY, and PRESTIGE DIVERTED HIM FROM BEING THE MAN HE ONCE WAS.” I would like to politely disagree. Money, property, and Prestige helped to reveal the man he ALWAYS WAS.

          • Robbin Townsend on May 15, 2017 at 2:39 pm

            If you have listened to him he always said he didn’t do this alone. God is why he is where he is. And we ( his fans and the staff) helped him get where he is today. He appreciated his staff as he said. But what an appreciation. His staff was willing to move to LA. To follow him no matter what. He didn’t talk to them himself. He had someone else do it. Then to off ge doesn’t want anyone to bother him. As he said ….I’m doing this for me. That is selfish and not God or showing any appreciation for the people who have worked for you for 5 years.

        • cee jay on May 16, 2017 at 4:04 pm

          The bridges your burn on the way up may be needed again if you happen to fall from the grace of your fans. <

    • Theodore Hunter on May 15, 2017 at 11:58 am

      I strongly agree wit u bruh!

  5. Hubert Smith on May 17, 2017 at 9:56 am

    This man is a verifiable tool. #1 His show, “Family Feud,” is dedicated to making fun of black folks. #2 So are shows like “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” #3 The Race Hustler Industry will NEVER call these travesties out!