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Steve Harvey talks faith, fidelity and becoming a media mogul




It's an interesting choice, combining gospel (Kirk Franklin) and comedy (Steve Harvey).

It's especially interesting because Harvey, as he builds a multi-platform media empire (books, TV, radio), has at times been a lightning rod for controversy in the public eye.

"Because I'm a public figure, my flaws and sins have a microphone, a spotlight and a camera attached," he said during a recent phone interview. "One lady said to me, 'You supposed to be a Christian now, but I heard you cuss on your radio show.' Well, okay lady, I'm on the radio five days a week four hours a morning live. That's 20 hours a week. Let me see somebody put a microphone on you for 20 hours — any 20 hours you pick — and let's see if something crazy don't come out of your mouth."

Harvey and Kirk Franklin appear at 8 p.m. Saturday at the St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets are $39.50 and $49.50; click here for details. On Friday, Harvey will sign copies of his book, Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep and Understand a Man at the Carrollwood Barnes and Noble, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Wristbands will be handed out starting at 6 p.m.  For details, click here.

Click here for Eric Deggans' full interview with Steve Harvey.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 24, 2011 1:10pm]


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