How often have we all wished for more privacy at work? Wouldn’t you love to tell Greg from payables to shut the hell up and go back to his own desk so you could savor the precious minutes of solitude that aren’t being stolen by a ringing phone or an incompetent superior? So would Steve Harvey. The difference between you and Steve Harvey is he actually had the stones to tell basically everyone he works with to leave him the hell alone.
— Yashar (@yashar) May 10, 2017
In an email leaked by a former employee, Steve details to the staff of his show’s current season exactly what is and is not acceptable behavior when interacting with him. Offenses such as “talking to me in the hallway,” will no longer be tolerated. Neither will entering his dressing room, unless, as Steve warns, “YOU WANT TO BE REMOVED.” And if you were thinking of standing outside his door? Forget about it. Steve’s security team will haul your ass out of there faster than an NFL player’s publicist hauling them out of the leopard room in Magic City at 4 a.m.
Are any of these provisions (demands) still in effect? Doubtful. You can’t run a TV show and expect your staff to only speak to you if they have an appointment. Still, I think we’d all love to send our coworkers an email that amounts to little more than a slightly more polite fuck off. One of the first articles I ever wrote for PGP was how mindless work chatter was ruining my ability to enjoy my career. I’m not saying Steve read my piece, but it sure seems like he took a look at my column and said “Damn Brian you’re right, I better do everything I can to make sure that doesn’t happen to me.” Mission accomplished, bud..
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