Steve Harvey: “They called me a coon.”

The game show host opens up about the backlash he received when he decided to meet with President Trump.

Steve Harvey

Harvey, whose new daytime show “Steve” just debuted yesterday on NBC recently opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about his career as a comedian and a TV host, spoke about both personal and political experiences over the years and how his meeting with Trump made for one that brings him regrets.

He first met with Trump after he said his business partner received “a call from the Obama transition team, who said that the Trump transition team would like to set up a meeting.” He said yes ― but the meeting was also to be held around Harvey’s 60th birthday celebration which was hosted on a boat. So, his wife Marjorie Harvey, suggested he deliberately miss the meeting.  Harvey met with the President at the Trump Towers and said he spent about 20 minutes in the January meeting talking about golf. He recalled how he told Trump about potentially working with Ben Carson, who the president appointed to lead the department of Housing and Urban Development, to help identify ways he could help transform closing schools into “vision centers and teach STEM and computers and coding.”

The meeting resulted in a lot of angry comments from fans and critics.

“My wife says, ’Steve, just take off [and skip the meeting]. You’ll meet with him some other time,″” he recalled. “God, I should’ve listened. I didn’t see that coming. Jesus,” Harvey told the publication in a new piece published Tuesday. “It was so vicious that it really threw me.”

Harvey himself released a statement in January as the outrage began to bubble up, explaining then why he met with the President and affirming that “he would sit with Trump anytime.”

“I was being called names that I’ve never been called: Uncle Tom. A coon. A sellout,” he added.

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