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Steve Harvey Says Bill Cosby To Stay Away From Him
Before Donald Trump became President of the United States, Bill Cosby was probably the most toxic man in America. You could barely say Cosby’s name without getting some form of backlash (unless you’re Hannibal Buress).
Apparently Steve Harvey has a real soft spot for Cosby because of all he did to help him in the entertainment business and help his sons at Morehouse College.
Harvey recently told The Hollywood Reporter about something Bill Cosby told him when news broke that the former Jell-O pitchman had been criminally charged for sexual assault:
Do you still talk to Cosby?
I haven’t talked to him in a few months, but when I’m your friend, I’m your friend. And Bill Cosby helped my sons at Morehouse [College], and he tought me how to do this business. He didn’t even know me and he taught me how to do this business. When I heard all the trouble he was in, I called and asked him how he was doing. You know what he says to me? “Hey man, I appreciate you calling, but just stay away from me right now. You don’t need none of this on you. You’re doing good. Whatever happens to me, happens to me, but don’t you get none of this on you.” That’s an amazing thing for a guy to say.
On the next page, Harvey talks about how his wife could have saved him from the ugly dragging he took following his infamous Donald Trump meeting…
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Earlier this year, you met with then President-elect Donald Trump. (Contorts his face.) Why are you making that face?
I didn’t see that coming. Jesus.
See what coming?
The backlash. It was so vicious that it really threw me. I was being called names that I’ve never been called: Uncle Tom. A coon. A sellout. Because I went to see this man?! Which only happened because my business partner got a call from the Obama transition team, who said that the Trump transition team would like to set up a meeting. The Obama team said they thought it would be a good idea because the president is encouraging dialogue. And I have a relationship with Obama. We’re friends. So I say, “OK, cool.” Now, 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.
On the next page, Steve addresses the “memo” that had people (employees, and strangely, non-employees) TIGHT.
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It seemed as though the backlash to the leaked memo you wrote threw you, too. Fair?
Yeah. (Laughs.) I’ve got six shows! My time is consumed. For four years, I tried to be congenial. I’ll talk to people. “Hey, how you doing?” But I started watching them take advantage of me, so now I come onstage, here they are. I go to my dressing room, here they are. I go down the hallway, there they are. I’m sitting in my makeup chair getting makeup done. “You didn’t hear me knock. Can I talk to you?” Boom, they’re in my dressing room. I put doorbells up. They quit ringing the doorbells. I put signs on my door, “Knock before you enter.” “You didn’t hear the knock, so I came on in.” So I said, “Wait a minute, man. Let me send a memo out at the beginning of the year so in year five I can just walk from backstage to my dressing room.” ‘Cause other celebrities, trust and believe, you can’t bother them. You better not even be in the hallway when they’re walking. So, I sent the memo at the beginning of the year. Then the year is over, we’re about to do the wrap party, and one very angry guy — and he’s angry because my new producer came up there and interviewed some people and he wasn’t one that was picked — sends it to [media writer] Robert Feder in Chicago. I was OK with it until I saw it on CNN.
That’s not the grocery store …
No, that ain’t the grocery store. (Laughs.) Now we’re in trouble. This is way bigger. And I got a call from Gayle King, “Would you come on CBS and explain the memo?” And I said, “I’m going to text you my statement,” and I did. Then she said, “Don’t you want to apologize to somebody? Because it just seems so mean.” That’s when I stopped texting because I’m not going to apologize because I wasn’t being mean. I did learn that I don’t know how to write.
Are you satisfied with Steve’s answers to these questions?
You can read the interview in its entirety at THR.