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Steve Harvey Says He’s ‘Happy’ for Kelly Clarkson After Her Show Took Over His NBC Time Slot

There’s no bad blood between Steve Harvey and Kelly Clarkson.

During an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, the longtime TV personality touched on losing his NBC daytime talk show last year to one hosted by Clarkson, calling the 37-year-old American Idol alumna “cool people.”

“I’m back on TV, you know,” said Harvey, 62, referencing his new talk show for Facebook Watch, STEVE on Watch. “Everybody thought I was gone. But I’m happy for people. You know, I’m a person of faith, so when a door closes for me, I just walk up the hall. It’s more doors!”

“You’ve just got to keep going up the hall,” he added. “So I open other doors and I’m back on TV and I’m happy for everybody. I like Kelly Clarkson, I’m happy for her.”

“One of my friends said, ‘Man, that’s really big of you to be happy for somebody who replaced your show.’ I said, ‘I’m happy for her.’ He said, ‘So you watch ?’” he continued, joking, “I said, ‘I ain’t that happy!’”

NBC canceled Harvey’s daytime talk show in May 2019. In its place, the network began airing The Kelly Clarkson Show, which was recently renewed for a second season.

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Harvey announced STEVE on Watch last month. According to Variety, the first batch of episodes will run for 10 weeks, with multiple segments per week.

“Reaching my audience anywhere and everywhere they are has always been the goal,” Harvey said in a statement at the time. “Facebook Watch viewers are the most energetic, engaged community, and so are my amazing fans. Getting all those people to directly engage on a platform like this is the perfect evolution of the show.”

The Kelly Clarkson Show airs in syndication ahead of The Ellen DeGeneres Show on NBC-owned television stations (check local listings). STEVE on Watch airs weekdays on Facebook Watch.

Steve Harvey’s Talk Show Is Officially Done at NBC

Following months of speculation, Steve Harvey’s daytime talk show Steve is officially done at NBC. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the season finale taped this week is indeed the last that will be distributed by NBCUniversal.

This nail-in-the-coffin news has been expected for nine months, since the outfit announced it would instead be offering up a new talk effort from Kelly Clarkson in Harvey’s time slot. That blow came only a year into the run of Steve, a reconceived version of his successful talker Steve Harvey which saw the host trade Chicago in for Los Angeles, briefly shift focus to celebrities (a la Ellen DeGeneres) and, most important, get an ownership stake with new partners and producers IMG.

It was the latter bit that is said to have initially frustrated NBCUniversal, but Steve’s failings weren’t entirely behind the scenes. After initially struggling with the change in format, Steve lost viewers. Recent audience tallies for the show have it down more than half a million viewers from the original’s last season. The show was no longer able to crack 2 million viewers, falling to 1.6 million viewers in recent weeks.

That fact likely hampered IMG’s attempts to show the show elsewhere. But no markets have signed on for a post-NBCU version of the series, so its coming June season finale will also be the series finale. IMG and Harvey are said to be exploring other options for his relationship and advice content in digital, cable and SVOD.

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter in 2018, Harvey acknowledged the transition had not gone as well as he had anticipated. “I’m a die-hard believer in reinvention,” he said. “But sometimes you just have to leave the wheel alone, and let it roll down the hill.”

Weep not for Harvey. The 62-year-old comedian has no shortage of other gigs. He also hosts the syndicated version of Family Feud, the Celebrity edition on ABC and multiple recurring emcee gigs.

  • Steve Harvey’s NBC daytime talk show Steve was canceled back in May.
  • Steve hinted that he might be exiting the network in January and was allegedly not happy with the way NBC handled the situation.
  • Kelly Clarkson’s new talk show is replacing Steve’s time slot starting September 9, 2019.

If you’re wondering why it feels like it’s been forever since you’ve seen a new episode of Steve, there’s a reason for that. Variety reported on May 10 that NBC canceled Steve Harvey’s talk show.

The syndicated daytime talk show Steve (previously known as The Steve Harvey Show) was on the air for seven years before the network pulled the plug. The final episode was filmed in May and aired on Wednesday, June 26.

Wait, why exactly did they cancel Steve Harvey’s talk show show?

According to reports, the network had to make way for The Kelly Clarkson Show and decided to give the American Idol winner the primetime slot. Her new show debuts on September 9, the same day as Tamron Hall’s new talk show launches.

The Family Feud host had previously hinted back in January that Kelly would be taking his slot. When talking with reporters at the Variety Entertainment Summit about the possibility of his show being canceled, he sounded pretty upset.

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“I thought I was , until they made an announcement a couple weeks ago that they wanted to give Kelly Clarkson the owned-and-operated NBC networks — that’s my slot,” Steve announced. “I don’t know if it sold, it’s not selling like they thought, but I thought it would have been nice of them to come to me …”

He continued to slam NBC for how they allegedly handled the situation:

“I’m just an old school guy, and I just thought that you’re supposed to just talk to people and just go, ‘Look, you’ve been good business for us. This is what we’re thinking of doing, are you okay with that?’ No, you just don’t put something in the paper and say, ‘I’m just going to make this move right here,’ because it’s crazy.”

But that’s not all. Variety goes on to claim that Steve’s show may have been “the casualty of animosity between NBCUniversal and Endeavor’s IMG Original Content over IMG’s takeover of the show two seasons ago.”

After his initial five-year deal with co-producers Endemol Shine North America and NBCUniversal ended, Steve cut a deal with IMG Original Content in 2016 to produce a new version of his talk show (which is why he renamed it Steve from The Steve Harvey Show). The new program promised to include more celebrity guests and comedic segments.

Because IMG offered Steve a larger ownership stake in the show, more creative power, and a higher salary, he took the deal. As a result, NBCUniversal was reportedly “furious” for losing its share in Steve’s show. It’s not 100% clear if this bad blood was a factor in the decision to cancel Steve, but it’s interesting intel nonetheless.

On a more positive note, the report also indicates that Steve may not be completely gone, after all. Instead, the show may be venturing online, “possibly with Facebook, to showcase the kind of comedic and topical segments” that made it so popular in the first place.

In other words, it doesn’t sound like it’s goodbye for Steve Harvey — it’s maybe, see you later … on a different platform.

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Why Was Steve Harvey’s Talk Show Canceled?

Steve Harvey’s daytime talk show Steve has been canceled after two seasons. The syndicated daytime program taped its final episode on May 9, Variety reported. One of the guests was megachurch pastor T.D. Jakes.

New episodes of Steve are scheduled through June, and the show will continue to air on NBC stations through September. While the news will be a disappointment to fans of the morning TV fixture, it’s not exactly unexpected.

NBC is replacing Steve with a new show

Can you hear @kelly_clarkson’s excitement about her new daytime show?!? Check out the @KellyClarksonTV website https://t.co/zGbpIWP3en and follow along as we get ready to premiere in September.

— The Kelly Clarkson Show (@KellyClarksonTV) January 23, 2019

The future for Steve has looked grim since September. That’s when NBC announced it was planning a new daytime talk show hosted by Kelly Clarkson. The Kelly Clarkson Show will take over Steve’s timeslot when it premieres on September 9, 2019.

Harvey was apparently a little miffed about losing his daytime TV spot to Clarkson. When someone at the Variety Entertainment Summit at CES asked about whether he’d stay with the network, he said he wasn’t sure.

“I thought I was, until they made an announcement a couple weeks ago that they wanted to give Kelly Clarkson the owned-and-operated NBC networks — that’s my slot,” he said.

“I thought it would have been nice of them to come to me — as the only dude who’s survived for seven years — about it,” Harvey added.

Why Steve was canceled

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Steve’s ratings were “solid” according to Variety, averaging about 1.8 million weekly viewers this season. It was the fifth-most-watched syndicated talk show after Dr. Phil, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live with Kelly and Ryan, and Maury. So if ratings weren’t the problem, why was the show canceled?

The show’s demise stems from the fact that it’s not owned by NBCUniversal. While his previous talk show, The Steve Harvey Show, was co-produced by NBC, when its five-year run ended, Harvey opted to strike a deal with IMG Original Content. That gave him greater ownership of the program — and cut NBC out.

NBC continued to distribute Steve and kept airing it in the same time slot as its predecessor. But according to Variety, it’s “no surprise” that the media giant wanted to develop its own show.

After NBC announced it was planning The Kelly Clarkson Show, IMG started looking for new stations to air Steve. But apparently, they didn’t find any takers. However, Harvey reportedly is working on a digital platform.

Harvey is staying busy

His talk show might be coming to an end, but Harvey won’t disappear from daytime TV entirely. He still hosts Family Feud, a gig he’s had since 2010, as well Celebrity Family Feud.

Harvey has also hosted the Miss Universe pageant since 2015 — despite mistakenly announcing the wrong woman as the winner during his first year as emcee. Plus, he has his own syndicated morning radio show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show and has hosted Fox’s New Year’s Eve special from Times Square.

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Ever since Steve Harvey‘s show “Steve” went off the air in June, many have expressed sadness and said they wished it would land elsewhere.

Then, in December, word came that the show would be moving to Facebook Watch, the same platform where Jada Pinkett Smith‘s “Red Table Talk” series found success.

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News started surfacing in 2018 that NBC would cancel “Steve” and replace it with “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”

But as of Monday, Jan. 6, the Facebook version of the series called “Steve On Watch” began, and some might say the happiness people expressed is palpable.

Because many shared their feelings under a clip of the first “Steve On Watch” episode, which Harvey posted to his Instagram page on Monday. The talk show is also filmed in Atlanta, inside Tyler Perry‘s film studio.

“Well, I’m back,” Harvey told the studio audience, who gave him a long standing ovation when he came out.

Then in the caption, the 62-year-old also said he was thankful for having another opportunity to host the show.

“What sometimes seems like an obstacle can often turn out to be a blessing – and today I’m thankful for that,” wrote Harvey.

Nearly 2,000 people commented afterward.

“Welcome back Steve!!!” one person wrote.

“So excited to see this,” wrote another. “@iamsteveharveytv is so full of life advice and I’ve put it into practice. Great results already.”

“I’m super happy you’re back!” a third person commented. “Your show helped me so much during my pregnancy and I was heartbroken when I heard your show got canceled. Now I’m elated and my baby and I will be tuning in watching you on fb. Congratulations Mr. Harvey.”

And another person wrote, “YAAAAAAAY! This is so awesome and inspiring!”

Reportedly, “Steve On Watch” initially will stream for 10 weeks, with episodes being delivered each week. The first batch of episodes is already available for streaming, and Rick Ross was one of the guests, as was an 82-year-old woman who challenged Harvey to a pushup contest.

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@stevetvshow is back! What sometimes seems like an obstacle can often turn out to be a blessing – and today I’m thankful for that. Check out the new show exclusively on @facebookwatch! #SteveOnWatch

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Steve Harvey’s Daytime Show Canceled, Kelly Clarkson’s Upcoming Talk Show to Replace Time Slot

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Steve Harvey‘s daytime talk show has been canceled by NBC after seven years with the network.

The syndicated show taped its final episode on Thursday and episodes will air through June with reruns airing through September, according to Variety.

The news may have not been surprising to Harvey himself, who expressed uncertainty over the show’s place at the network back in January. At the time, Harvey singled out Kelly Clarkson’s new show as the reason his show would likely find itself looking for a new network in the near future.

The Kelly Clarkson Show will move into the daytime slot previously occupied by Harvey’s show for the past seven seasons, Variety reports.

Reps for Harvey and NBC did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.

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The popular syndicated program, distributed by NBCUniversal Television, began back in 2012 under the name Steve Harvey, adopting a new name and more celebrity and comedy-based format in 2017.

Harvey’s show had originally followed a similar format to the popular Dr. Phil program, winning a handful of Emmy awards in the Informative Talk Show category.

NBC executives were reportedly unhappy with the decision to cancel Harvey’s show, due to the network losing its ownership stakes of the popular daytime talk show, according to Variety.

Harvey’s producers are in the process of shopping the program to other networks, however, fans of the show can still watch him on Family Feud in the meantime.

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In September 2018, original American Idol champion Clarkson first revealed that she would be returning to the small screen in the fall of 2019 with her very own daytime talk show.

And in January, Harvey spoke out about Clarkson’s show taking his time slot, admitting that he would have liked for NBC to reveal the news to him personally instead of finding out in the press.

“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. 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 on my show and it’s No. 4 in daytime television — it’s holding right there. I got a hit, so somebody’s gonna recognize that.”