Steve Harvey broke his silence regarding The Ellen Show toxic workplace allegations.
What Steve Harvey Had to Say
Harvey addressed his friend’s scandal in an interview with People published on Thursday (September 17). He said that DeGeneres is one of the most authentic people in the entertainment industry. Harvey and DeGeneres have been friends for over two decades and he defended her.
“I’m going to say this about it: Ellen DeGeneres, the person that I know, that I’ve known for a number of years,” he began. “That I saw back in the comedy club days, when we used to split time with the same management, all of this and what’s happening now, Ellen, the person, is probably one of the coolest and kindest people I’ve met in this business.”
“People want to take something and make something out of everything,” he continued. “[Ellen] has no control over what every staff member does, what every producer does, you can’t control that. You don’t even know some of the stuff that’s happening.” He added that “it’s her name that’s on the show,” so she’s “got to take the hit. Something happens over here, I got to take the hit.”
Harvey addressed the rumor that DeGeneres was racist. “I’m a 63-year-old black man. I’ve been black the entire time,” he added. “I’ve been a black dude my whole life. I know racism.”
“If I have a conversation with you, I know if you got racist tendency somewhere in you, because it radiates,” he explained. “I can feel it. I’ve been around a long time, man. That’s not Ellen DeGeneres. That’s just not her, period.”
Steve’s Advice to Ellen
Harvey was also asked if he was in contact with DeGeneres since the news broke and what advice he would give to her.
“I’ve told her, keep your head up,” he revealed. “We’ve texted each other. But my first advice was Ellen got enough money to walk away. But, we’re in the cancel culture right now, man, everybody want to see everybody fall down, man. What happened, man?”
Harvey believes that people are trying to be negative. “People used to cheer for people,” he admitted. “Now, it’s so important to ruin everybody’s career. Get rid of somebody. You know, that’s not how it works, but, it is what it is, man. But I think Ellen’s going to be absolutely fine myself. I really do.”