Steve Harvey’s daytime talk show Steve will end in June, multiple media outlets reported Friday.
The news wasn’t a huge surprise considering NBCUniversal Television, which distributes the show, shoved Steve aside in September to replace it with Kelly Clarkson’s upcoming talk show.
The Kelly Clarkson Show will take over Steve’s timeslot in the fall on NBC’s owned-and-operated stations.
Steve taped its final installment on Thursday, May 9. Bishop T.D. Jakes was a guest on the episode and took to Twitter to say he was honored to join Harvey.
“It was so good to see my longtime friend, @IAmSteveHarvey. He asked me to do his final show. What an honor! It will air later in June. Everybody send him some love,” Jakes tweeted, along with a photo from the set.
It was so good to see my longtime friend, @IAmSteveHarvey. He asked me to do his final show. What an honor! It will air later in June. Everybody send him some love… #RelationshipsMatter#TrustGod#WVKings#ItCrushedMe pic.twitter.com/zfNXiTRHJh
— T.D. Jakes (@BishopJakes) May 10, 2019
Thursday’s episode and other pre-taped editions will run through June.
Harvey’s daytime strip launched in 2012. It was originally titled Steve Harvey and produced in Chicago. The series aired for five seasons in Illinois before it was re-branded and moved west.
Harvey relocated to Los Angeles in 2017, changed the name to Steve, and shifted the format to focus more on celebrity guests. He also changed production partners from Endemol Shine North America to IMG Original Content.
“IMG offered Harvey a much larger ownership stake in the show, a higher salary and more creative control over the production,” Variety reported Friday. However, the production changes may have sparked “animosity” with NBCUniversal, the outlet said. Ratings for the series also fell following the shift in format.
This season the series averaged about 1.8 million viewers, down from previous audience tallies of over 2 million viewers.
As Urban Hollywood 411 previously reported, Harvey admitted in January he was blindsided by NBC’s decision to replace his show with a new entry from Clarkson.
“I thought it would have been nice of them to come to me — as the only dude who’s survived [in daytime TV] for seven years — about it,” he said at the time.
The show was shopped around to other syndication, cable, streaming, and broadcast outlets, but apparently there were no takers and Steve is closing up shop.
Despite losing his daytime show, Harvey remains busy. He hosts a nationally syndicated radio program titled The Steve Harvey Morning Show, as well as Family Feud. Harvey also serves as emcee for a variety of different television specials.