Steve Harvey is being replaced by Melissa McCarthy and Kelly Clarkson on two NBC shows.
The network announced that Melissa McCarthy will take over as host of Little Big Shots, just days after canceling Harvey’s daytime talk show, Steve.
Harvey hosted Little Big Shots since it premiered in March 2016. Harvey co-created and produced the reality show with Ellen DeGeneres and received an Emmy nomination for the series in 2016.
“It’s a real refresh for a brand that has done very well for us. Melissa’s just an incredible performer and incredible comedian,” NBC president co-chairman of entertainment Paul Telegdy said in a statement, adding that she “will bring a completely fresh perspective to it.”
“Melissa is a strong creative force with her own ideas. Changes will be apparent,” he added.
Steve will officially come to an end in June after seven years with the network. The final episode of Harvey’s daytime talk show was filmed on Thursday, and it will be replaced by The Kelly Clarkson Show.
Harvey spoke about the possibility of leaving NBC last year when the network gave Clarkson his time slot.
“I thought I was, until they made an announcement a couple of weeks ago that they wanted to give Kelly Clarkson the owned-and-operated NBC networks — that’s my slot,” Harvey said last year. “I don’t know if it sold, it’s not selling like they thought, but 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. You know, I’m an honorable guy.”
“I’m just an old school guy, and I just thought that you’re supposed to just talk to people and just go, ‘Look, you’ve been good business for us. This is what we’re thinking of doing, are you OK with that?’ No, you just don’t put something in the paper and say, ‘I’m just going to make this move right here,’ because it’s crazy,” Harvey said.
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Some parts of your vision are meant to be shared, in confidence, only with a trusted mentor, friend, or family member. And some aspects of your vision honestly don’t need to go beyond your prayer time with God.
— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) May 14, 2019