Host/executive producer Steve Harvey participates in the "Steve" panel during the NBC Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

Host/executive producer Steve Harvey participates in the "Steve" panel during the NBC Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Steve Harvey says he learned two things after catching heat for a leaked memo.

In an email to his staff for The Steve Harvey Show, the comedian cautioned people not to approach him in the makeup chair or "ambush" him in a hallway.

Harvey told a TV critics' meeting Thursday that he realized, in his words, he can't write and he should never write.

Steve Harvey wants you to give him some space, leaked staff memo says

Harvey, who was promoting his new, Los Angeles-based syndicated show titled Steve, called himself a congenial guy.

The email, which Harvey said was a year old, was obtained and posted in May by Chicago media blogger Robert Feder.

Harvey compared his request to a parent asking his kids for a few moments alone at the end of the workday.

His daytime talk show debuts Sept. 5.

The Associated Press

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