Steve Harvey Opens Up About When He Was Homeless

In the upcoming cover story of People magazine, Steve Harvey recalled the “very painful” experience of becoming homeless following his first divorce while he was pursuing a career in comedy.

Harvey was living out of his car at the time and making $50 a week. “All I knew was that I could make people laugh,” he told the magazine. 

Harvey shared the moment he hit rock bottom. “I sat down and started crying, but a voice said, ‘If you keep going, I’m going to take you places you’ve never been,’ ” he said. “It was like God said, ‘Don’t quit, you’re almost there.’”

After three years of struggling, Harvey pulled out of homelessness by landing his first major gig in 1993 as host of “Showtime at the Apollo,” which led to his comedy television series, “The Steve Harvey Show” in 1996.

Since then, he’s been very successful. He now hosts his own daytime talk show, a morning radio show, and has hosted “Family Feud” and Miss Universe — not to mention he cemented his name into Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

As he strives to become the “smartest working man in show business,” Harvey’s past homelessness is still a driving factor for success.

“I’m running from homelessness,” he said. “I can’t ever be in that position again. If my show gets canceled, I’ve got three more. I don’t have any free time, but I have 12 jobs.”

To read more of Steve Harvey’s exclusive interview, head over to The issue will be on newsstands May 27.

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