Sharleen Forde's first date with Maurice Johnson was just the two of them, a chaperone, the country's reining relationship guru and a few million strangers. No pressure.
Sharleen, 30, of St. Petersburg and Maurice, 34, of Tampa participated in a "radio date" on the Steve Harvey Morning Show in February. Each Wednesday, the show picks a woman from the dating site blackpeoplemeet.com to interview three bachelors on air. She picks one, they go on a date, and a week later, they recount the evening for Harvey, whose relationship guide, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, is the No. 1 advice book in the country. Harvey's nearly 7 million weekly listeners get to hear the play-by-play. The syndicated show is heard locally on WBPT-FM 95.7 The Beat.
Earlier this week, Sharleen, a nurse, reunited in person with Maurice, a vitamin sales representative, for the first time since their radio date. At Tampa's Crazy Buffet, they dished to tbt*.
Sharleen: He had on a black pin-striped suit with a black T-shirt underneath. … It kinda showed his muscles.
Maurice: She had a wonderful multicolored dress. She said she was 150 (pounds) on the radio, so I thought she was going to be a little bit thicker. But she got out the car, and I thought she was beautiful. She had nice, beautiful long hair. She had a great smile, big eyes. And she had a nice booty. (laughs)
Tell me about the date.
Maurice: We ended up going to a spa — Saddlebrook in Wesley Chapel. ... We went to get facials and a couple's massage.
Sharleen: He came up with the idea for getting the massage.
Maurice: I don't mind getting dolled up with my significant.
Sharleen: Right afterwards, we went to Bern's restaurant.
Maurice: The conversation was really relaxed, so we just kept going and going — families, likes, dislikes.
How did the night end?
Sharleen: It ended with a nice, warm hug. (laughs)
Maurice: I definitely restrained myself, but I did it very happily because I had to be a gentleman.
What advice have you gleaned from Steve Harvey's book?
Sharleen: He talks about the three-month rule, which is already implemented.
Maurice: What's that?
Maurice: What's the three-month rule?
Sharleen: When you're just dating, getting to know each know each other before you become intimate.
Maurice: I think that's c- c- cool.
Sharleen: (laughs) "C- c- cool?"
What's your next date?
Maurice: We're going to see (R&B singer) Kem. … I just love everything he has to say about love and appreciating a woman and romance and the passion that's in his words and music. (to Sharleen) It really pulls on my heartstrings, so I can't wait for you to experience that.
Are you both still on the Web site? Did you take your profiles down?
Maurice: She's still on there. I'm still on there. We're still getting to know each other. We're still taking our time. I'm very much interested in continuing to get to know her, not pressuring her.
Are you going back on the radio?
Maurice: Now we're on our own.Editor's note: This article has been edited to reflect a correction. Maurice Johnson is a vitamin sales representative.