Steve Harvey new host of "Family Feud"

TV Arts


Steve Harvey to Host 'Family Feud'
Comedian to succeed John O'Hurley on Debmar-Mercury-distributed game
show in fall 2010
By Paige Albiniak 

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

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.
Is he going to wear that horrible hair piece?