Steve Harvey will be the new host of Debmar-Mercury's Family
Feud when it begins its 12th season this fall.
"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.
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.
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
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
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.