Steve Harvey needs to get his life together after that offensive jok about an asian man and that weird meeting with Donald Trump — so he did what any celeb would do….call in the real-life Olivia Pope.
via NY Daily News:
A source close to the situation tells Confidential that handlers for Harvey have been in contact with crisis control expert Judy Smith, the real-life fixer upon whom the TV show “Scandal” is based.
Smith, one of the best in the business, has been linked to scandals involving infamous White House intern Monica Lewinsky, disgraced TV host Paula Deen, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, former NFL star Michael Vick and tax cheat Wesley Snipes.
Harvey apologized Jan. 17 for implying that neither black nor white women find Asian men attractive on his eponymous show, which will end its five-season run in May. He plans to return to television with a new chat program in the fall, under the guidance of a different production company.
Television isn’t the only arena where Harvey will need to navigate changes in the months ahead.
The 60-year-old broadcaster’s radio show will soon leave Chicago for L.A. — a move that came at Harvey’s request, we’re told. The transition will happen amidst an active campaign from competitor Tom Joyner, who has urged listeners who are “angry with Steve, come on back home to me!”
While being associated with President Trump has proven unpopular for some black performers, including singers Chrisette Michele and Kanye West, one prominent radio insider says that Harvey’s radio career won’t necessarily be damaged by his ties to The Donald.
“It’s a mistake to assume that all African-Americans have the same political point of view,” says industry vet Michael Harrison, whose 27-year-old Talkers magazine is often called “the Bible of broadcast radio news.” “Some of the most successful African-Americans on talk radio have done so by appealing to the conservative audience,” he said.
Harrison says it’s too early to measure post-inauguration radio ratings, but when all is said and done, Harvey will be fine unless the networks become convinced that he can no longer sell advertising.
“I don’t think anyone is panicking,” Harrison said, adding that “I don’t think that this will necessarily hurt him.”
Reps for Premiere Networks, which syndicates Harvey’s radio program, declined to comment, as did reps for Harvey’s TV show. Multiple emails to Smith went unanswered.
Wow! Ya’ll scared Steve so much he has to get a fixer….LOL!