STEVE HARVEY ENTERS THE TALK-SHOW WORLD
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NEW YORK -- Steve Harvey played hard-to-get before deciding to become a daytime television talk-show host. The veteran comic, whose new show gets a jump on the fall season Tuesday, was first approached about a show three years ago when his first book, "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man," was on the best-seller lists. The television production company Endemol thought the idea of Harvey giving women advice from a man’s point of view made a perfect theme. Harvey said no, thanks. He had a thriving stand-up career he wasn’t ready to give up and a popular morning radio show broadcast across the country. Now, "Steve Harvey" is Endemol’s first-ever talk show in the U.S., and it is competing in a tough market with new talk shows also starting this fall starring Katie Couric, Ricki Lake and Jeff Probst.