Steve Harvey is attempting to save his new talk show by distancing himself from President Trump after his ratings took a hit due to fallout for taking a meeting with Trump in January.
The 60-year-old relaunched his daytime show when his previous program was set to be canceled because the host refused to sign his contract because he wasn’t getting a raise and couldn’t move his show to Los Angeles.
As a result, Harvey’s talent agency decided to launch a new show, simply retitled Steve, for the comic based in Hollywood in an effort to keep the show going.
The retooled show premiered on September 5 after a few months of preparation, and both ratings and reviews for the program have been less than stellar.
Sources close to the production told DailyMail.com they believe the poor numbers reflect a fallout from Harvey’s black audience after he met with Trump in January.
Now Harvey is turning on the president in a desperate bid to save his show, recently proclaiming on his radio show: ‘Meeting with Donald Trump was the worst mistake of my life.’
Harvey’s first daytime talk show, called Steve Harvey, premiered on NBC in 2012, boasting a strong 2.2 in ratings and was a solid performer for at least half of its run.
When the revamped show Steve premiered earlier this fall, the show debuted at a 1.8 but quickly dropped to a 1.4 in the ratings.
For the first time, his once popular talk show was being beat by Wendy Williams in the ratings and he’s neck and neck with Jerry Springer and Rachael Ray.
The source explained: ‘Steve could have continued to survive with the first version of his show with these ratings because the show was produced out of Chicago and was less expensive to produce.
‘But doing a daily talk show out of Los Angeles costs big dollars and with his current ratings, there’s no way in hell WME-IMG can continue to bleed money like this into a sinking ship.’
Harvey faced tremendous backlash from his TV and radio fans when he paid a visit to Trump Tower in New York City to meet with Donald Trump in January.
Courtesy of Daily Mail |Written By CHEYENNE ROUNDTREE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM