LOS ANGELES – AUG 3: Steve Harvey at the NBC TCA Press Day Summer 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, CA (Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins)

Steve Harvey’s retitled and rebranded talk show, “Steve,” is missing the mark. When Harvey’s first eponymous talk show, the “Steve Harvey” show, premiered on NBC in 2012, it was a hit. Ratings were solid; it was a strong 2.2 in national household ratings, a solid performer, and the show logged its best-ever ratings with women 25-54. “Steve” premiered on Sept. 5 and debuted at a 1.8 but quickly dropped to a 1.4 in the ratings. Reviews have been pessimistic.

“The Wendy Williams Show” is beating “Steve” in the ratings and he’s tied with Jerry Springer and Rachael Ray. Looking in his rearview mirror of career decisions in 2017, Harvey, 60, blames President Donald Trump.

“Here’s the crazy thing: I’m supposed to be on a boat for my 60th birthday, so my wife says, ‘Steve, just take off [and skip the meeting]. You’ll meet with him some other time.’ God, I should’ve listened,” he tells the Hollywood Reporter about the conversation with his wife Marjorie Harvey leading up to his meeting with the then President-elect in January. His fans reacted by tuning to other outlets.

Harvey was also heard admitting on his syndicated radio show, “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” “Meeting with Donald Trump was the worst mistake of my life. I should have never gone up there.”

The fly radio jock Tom Joyner urged listeners who are “angry with Steve, come on back home to me!”

Harvey reportedly turned to fixer Judy Smith to help revamp his image.

Sources tell Daily Mail Harvey had his sights set on being a Hollywood power couple. Marjorie Harvey reportedly wanted to live in Los Angeles to launch her own TV career. She currently runs the website TheLadyLovesCouture.com, a fashion and lifestyle blog.

Harvey moved his brand to Los Angeles but left his TV staff back in Chicago where the show was previously taped. It was produced by Endemol USA with Steve Harvey, Alex Duda and Rushion McDonald serving as executive producers. There’s speculation the show would have survived the poorer ratings in Chicago where production is less expensive.

Harvey also relocated his Atlanta-based morning radio show to Los Angeles. His radio syndicator, Premiere Networks, only agreed to this radio move if Harvey gave up ownership of his company Steve Harvey Radio; he conceded.

Harvey is now trying to distance himself from Trump. It’s a different tone than he originally took for taking the meeting earlier this year. He’s experiencing the backlash from the meeting at Trump Tower.

It’s a domino effect; the ratings for the Harvey-hosted “Family Feud” are on a downward spiral and the audience for the variety show “Little Big Shots” has dropped almost by half.

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6 Responses to “#EpicFail: Steve Harvey’s TV ratings sink, regrets meeting with Donald Trump”

  1. Chuck

    That’s good for this low-down SOB. Karma is a MF. His dope men loving bride will soon leave him for the next rich man. How you get her is how you’d lose her. She cheated on him while he was married; so, she’ll cheat on him, while they are married.

  2. nosey rosy

    when is black folks gonna learn if it looks like a duck quack like a duck dammit its a duck , , he knew what he was dong, margie is not liked by women cause she took steve from his wife , so her fashion couture will not do well in LA , people dont like her , she is a pretty woman but so is beyonce , and she aint stole nobody man .. so is ashanti and rehianna but they aint stole nobody man , she knew steve was leaving his wife cause she slept with him knowing he was a married instead of telling him to come back when he sign the papers , that sucker stepped it up and took all mary harvy money and her son quinton . in texas dirty courts , margies harveys ex husband was a big drug man , leaving money to mary , reason she had a clothing store , she lived lavish , when steve met her his dumb ass didnt even ask her whats her education and how she make all that money to dress like that ,,and she was hanging around elete men in hollywood parties and no one knew her at all steve spotted her and zeroed in on her beauty forgetting she was a gold diigger she still a gold digger just a well sharpened one who is on her game . she gonna take his old over worked ass to his grave working all them jobs to supplie her with .expensive stuff . fool fool and she told him not to go to see trump? i doubt that she was mad cause she couldnt go ,, they ask for just him lol . sad , he dont ever quit

  3. BlackBeauty

    I believe he will be just fine. He made a mistake, who hasn’t made one? I don’t care about his marriage one way or another, that’s personal. If the time is over for Steve’s successful ride then smile, take your money and enjoy the rest of your life. I am not quick to spew venom on a successful African American.

    • nosey rosy

      he aint going out like that , , he will wait until no one watches his shows and the networks bail , one thing about the powers that be in hollywood they will dump you like left over tuna , and he is chicken of the sea right now , they gunning for his ass , i dont like him cause he is fake , once i learned how bad he did mary i was done , with all you niccas who ride with him , mostly men, and
      the weird women who bought that book he didnt even write yet promotes . i really cant stand oprah but kissing him now , when she is clearly an obama supporter and democrate stupid rich fool , oprah is 2 faced she first fired steve harvey from a gig she hired him for now since he made it without her help she all buttercookie fake to the highest

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