Your boss may be a jerk, but at least you don't work for Steve Harvey.
Chicago media blogger Robert Feder obtained a memo from the talk show host to the staff of his eponymous show, which ends production in Chicago today (the reworked sixth season will start taping in Los Angeles this fall and will just be called Steve).
Harvey sent the email at the start of production on the fifth season, and it set some rules for how employees should talk to their boss -- which is basically not at all. Steve Harvey is tired of all these people bothering him about stuff, and he wants to be left alone.
Take a deep breath, this is going to get intense. Ready? Let's go.
Come on, Steve Harvey's employees! Don't you care about your boss' personal life and enjoyment? Let Steve Harvey live! He needs that time in his makeup chair to think of racist jokes!
Variety sources think this memo may have leaked by a former staffer who didn't get brought along on the move to Los Angeles, which sounds like a blessing, actually.
Harvey confirmed the memo's veracity in an interview with ET, saying that people were taking advantage of his open-door policy with excessive demands on his time. "I just didn't want to be in this prison anymore where I had to be in this little room, scared to go out and take a breath of fresh air without somebody approaching me, so I wrote the letter," he said.
"I don't apologize about the letter, but it's kind of crazy what people who took this thing and ran, man," he added, though he admits he could have handled it better.
Social media, of course, is having a field day with the note. If it wasn't from Harvey, it would just be evidence of a hostile work environment, but Steve Harvey is a blowhard who once announced the wrong winner of the Miss Universe pageant, which makes this kind of pomposity absurd.
Look, Steve Harvey is very busy and his time is valuable, and it must be draining to have people coming to with problems to solve all the time, especially when you're trying to do something else. But that's part of being the boss. And Harvey certainly could have found a way to outline his new way of doing business without saying "IF YOU OPEN MY DOOR, EXPECT TO BE REMOVED."