- Steve Harvey's NBC daytime talk show Steve was canceled, according to Variety.
- Steve hinted that he might be leaving the network back in January and was allegedly not pleased with the way NBC handled the situation.
- Kelly Clarkson's new talk show will reportedly replace Steve's time slot in September.
Much to the dismay of Steve Harvey fans everywhere, Variety reported on May 10 that the network is canceling his talk show.
The syndicated daytime talk show Steve (previously known as The Steve Harvey Show) has been on the air for seven years. The final episode was allegedly filmed last Thursday, and NBC will be showing original Steve episodes through June and reruns in September.
Nooo! Why are they canceling Steve Harvey's show?
According to reports, the network is making way for The Kelly Clarkson Show and giving the American Idol winner the primetime slot when that launches in September of this year.
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.
“I thought I was [going to stay with NBC], 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 their 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 much happier note, the report also indicates that Steve may not be completely gone, after all. Instead, Steve may be venturing online, "possibly with Facebook, to showcase the kind of comedic and topical segments" that made his show so successful in the first place.
In other words, it doesn't sound like it's goodbye for Steve Harvey — it's just, maybe, see you later ... on a different platform.