Steve Harvey to Host 'Family Feud'
Comedian to succeed John O'Hurley on Debmar-Mercury-distributed game show in fall 2010
By Paige Albiniak -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/20/2010 11:00:00 PM
"With his talent, authenticity and innate ability to connect with audiences from all walks of life, Steve exemplifies the spirit and appeal of Family Feud," said Fremantle President Cecile Frot-Coutaz in a statement. Fremantle produces the long-running Family Feud, while Debmar-Mercury distributes the show.
Harvey, one of "The Original Kings of Comedy," is perhaps best known to audiences from his time starring in The Steve Harvey Show, which aired on The WB from 1996 to 2002. Harvey also hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, a nationally syndicated radio program that is heard daily by more than seven million listeners in more than 64 markets nationwide.
Harvey also is a best-selling author, having published his first book Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man one year ago. The book is derived from his radio show's popular "Strawberry Letter" segment, in which Harvey doles out relationship advice.
Harvey replaces John O'Hurley, who began his run on the daily game show in 2006.
"The time has come to try something new, and while I have prized my time on Family Feud, I've decided to set a course for new adventures," said O'Hurley in a statement. "This includes immediately heading into rehearsals for the U.S. touring show of Chicago, launching my new company Energy-Inc. which focuses on renewable energy solutions, debuting an original golf apparel line in the J. Peterman catalog, and visiting our troops overseas."
During his time on Family Feud, O'Hurley also appeared in Spamalot in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, and played Billy Flynn in the Broadway and national touring productions of Chicago. Prior to Family Feud, he was perhaps best known as Seinfeld's Mr. Peterman, Elaine's eccentric boss. He's also a scratch golfer, a classically-trained vocalist and a best-selling author.
O'Hurley replaced Richard Karn, who had hosted the show since 2002. Richard Dawson was the show's original host, emceeing it twice: first from 1976-85 and then again from 1994-95.
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