Steve Harvey speaks out on his controversial interview with Mo’Nique.
As we reported, after the comedienne appeared on The Steve Harvey Show, the daytime TV host was branded a “coward” by social media users for suggesting that money is more important than integrity.
On Sunday, Harvey spoke to People at a Celebrity Family Feud event in Los Angeles where he reflected on his choice of words. The 62-year-old remarked:
“I’ve got to slow down when I’m talking… I can’t get into heated discussions, and I’ve got to just guard my words more carefully.”
Despite what was said, the funny man said he lives life “as a man of integrity,” and has regret over his “bad choice of words.”
“I take full responsibility for it, it came out my mouth, so I can’t say that I didn’t say it… But to people that really know me, I have lived my whole life as a man of integrity. So when I was referring to ‘integrity’ in that interview, I was talking about the method in which things were being done, and that is all it was…. I never questioned anybody’s principles or anybody’s causes… I was merely questioning, for the 50-minute interview, the method that she chose going about doing it — and I regret that looking back at it now, because that was a bad choice of words.’”
He even shared a message to young people to not take his comments to heart.
“I shouted out and it happened, I regret it, but I want young people, the kids that come to my camps, the young people that I mentor, the fans that really respect me, to know to just charge that one to my head and not to my heart… Because in my heart, that is not what I have asked anyone to do. I have lived my whole life as a man of integrity, and I will stand on that, but I was really just talking about the method that they went about doing what they did, and that was it.”
During her appearance, Mo’Nique discussed allegedly being “blackballed” from Hollywood years ago, and claimed she was labeled as “difficult” because she said “no” to Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, and Lee Daniels, who directed her Oscar-winning role in Precious.
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