Steve Harvey’s Stepson Made A Confession On His Show – And The Words Touched His Dad’s Heart

Through his marriage to Marjorie Bridges, Steve Harvey went from being a dad of four to a dad of seven. It can’t have been easy, and becoming a stepfather was surely not without its teething problems, either. Indeed, when the comedian’s stepson appeared on Harvey’s show, what he said brought the host to tears.

Comedian Steve Harvey is considered one of the most influential celebrities in America. He is also thought to be worth a whopping $100 million. And yet the TV and film star hasn’t always ridden on a wave of success.

Harvey was born in West Virginia on January 17, 1957, into humble beginnings. The son of a coal miner, the comedian knew the meaning of hard work from the beginning. And before making a name for himself on screen, the entertainer worked a string of jobs, which included stints as a mailman, a carpet cleaner and even a boxer.

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When Harvey first started out as a stand-up comic, he was technically homeless and lived in his car between gigs. However, he got his big break when he made it to the final of the Second Annual Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search in 1990. And soon after, he became the host of late-night series Showtime at the Apollo.

Yet even when Harvey found his calling as a stand-up, he would find making it big a struggle. In fact, during the formative years of his career in the ’80s, the future star had no stable abode for a whole three years. Explaining how this happened, in 2013 Harvey said to People, “One or two gigs fell through, and suddenly I was homeless.”

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Yes, while some of Harvey’s shows would come with places to stay, occasionally he had little choice but to live in his car. Aside from that, Harvey told People, he had “had nowhere to go.” So, the comic made a makeshift home in his 1976 Ford Tempo, repurposing a cooler as a kind of fridge and cleaning himself at gas stations and with swimming pools’ shower facilities.

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Recalling those difficult times, Harvey told People, “It was so disheartening… A week is really the maximum you can do. This was three years!” Still, he never gave up hope that his luck would change. The host explained, “It was rock bottom. But even in my darkest days, I had faith it would turn around.”

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And Harvey was right to believe. In 1990, you see, winning through to the final of that year’s Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search ultimately led to his TV breakthrough. Harvey’s role as the host of Showtime at the Apollo would be one that he would hang on to for seven years.

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But while Harvey was on the road to the big time, he never forgot the struggles that he’d endured at the start of his career. As a result, he tried to keep his feet firmly on the ground. And even as his profile grew, the star used his platform to encourage others to keep going even when things seemed bad.

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With that in mind, in August 2019 Harvey told Heidi Giokos, a reporter from the South African news channel eNCA, “Every time you overcome one challenge, I’ve got news for you: there’s another one. Another one right over there. The road to success is always under construction. ’Cause, what do you know?”

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And Harvey knows all too well that life isn’t always straightforward. Shortly after he had made it as a comedian on Showtime at the Apollo, you see, his marriage to his first wife Marcia ended in divorce. The couple had been wed for 14 years and had twin daughters Karli and Brandi together as well as a son named Broderick.

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Harvey didn’t give up on marriage even after that, though, as he subsequently tied the knot with Mary Shackelford in 1996. Yet while the pair’s union ultimately lasted for nine years and produced son Wynton, it also ended in divorce in November 2005. Thankfully, the comedian has at least managed to remain philosophical about his failed relationships.

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Seemingly referencing his two marriages, Harvey told eNCA, “If you’ve never failed, what do you know? You know nothing. You’ve got to get a divorce to find the right chick. I know a little bit about that.” Yes, the host appeared to be speaking from experience, as following his divorce from Shackelford, he managed to reconnect with Marjorie.

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Harvey first came into contact with Marjorie in 1990, when he was working as a stand-up comic in Memphis, Tennessee. One night, when the funnyman was on stage, a woman had arrived late to the show. And as she traveled through the crowd to her place in the front row, Harvey stopped dead in his tracks.

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That woman, of course, had been Marjorie. And as she made her way through the audience, she feared that the performer was going to “give her the business” for being late. But Harvey didn’t utter one joke at her expense. Instead, he simply looked at her, then told his audience, “I’m sorry, I don’t know who this is, but I’m going to marry her.”

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Somewhat spookily, Harvey had seen into the future. Yet even so, he would have to wait to tie the knot with Marjorie, as at the time of their first encounter he was still wed to Marcia. And in hindsight, Harvey believes that, in any case, he had needed to gain more control over both his finances and his career before settling down with Marjorie.

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Harvey explained how he’d come to this conclusion in a 2014 interview with Essence, revealing, “Before a man can be of use to a woman… he’s got to know who he is, what he does and how much he’s going to make.” And it seems that Harvey spent the subsequent years figuring all of this out before Marjorie returned to his life in 2005.

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So after conquering the comedy world, Harvey ventured into acting, starring in TV shows such as Me and the Boys and later The Steve Harvey Show, which ran until 2002. And it was after the comedian’s stint on the sitcom that he began dating Marjorie, eventually marrying her in 2007. What’s more, Harvey has since credited his third wife with his subsequent success.

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Indeed, in his interview with Essence, Harvey said of Marjorie, “Everything I have… is because of this girl right here.” And it’s fair to say that his career has gone from strength to strength in the years following his third marriage. In 2010, for instance, the comedian was named as the host of the popular quiz Family Feud, which would ultimately become the second most-viewed daytime show in the U.S. within three years of Harvey taking up his role.

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These days, Harvey is best known for his self-titled talk shows, Steve Harvey, which ran from 2012 to 2016, and Steve, which replaced it in 2017. The show features a mix of celebrity and human interest stories as well as Harvey’s signature humor. However, NBC abruptly canceled Steve in May 2019.

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Reportedly, the network gave Steve the chop in order to make room for a new show starring Kelly Clarkson. And Harvey has claimed that he wasn’t made aware of the planned cancellation until details emerged in the press. In January 2019 he told the Variety Entertainment Summit, “I thought it would have been nice of [NBC] to come to me.”

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The final Steve show thus aired in June 2019. And while it was no doubt a sad occasion for many of Harvey’s fans, the host was nevertheless able to remain positive. On Twitter, for instance, he would share an inspirational clip from his last day on the set of the chat show. And, altogether, Harvey seemed eager to focus on going forward rather than on looking back.

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In the clip, Harvey told an enthralled studio audience, “This is a celebration. This is all about seven years coming to a close. This is good, though, man. You gotta understand how it works. Your life ain’t nothing but a book. I happen to be 62 years old. I am in the middle of my 62nd chapter of the book that I’m writing.”

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Continuing with his analogy, Harvey said, “There are some good books in there, too. There are some good chapters and some bad chapters. And some chapters that lasted a little bit longer than I wanted to… But in this 62nd chapter, I got my finger on the corner of the page. All I’m doing is I’m about to turn it. I can’t wait to see what God’s got for me on that other page.”

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But while Harvey’s run on Steve has come to an end, fans will surely remember some of the show’s best bits forever. One of the most memorable moments occurred in 2015 when Harvey invited Marjorie onto the series alongside their blended brood of seven children. And that’s when things took an emotional turn.

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As previously mentioned, Harvey has twin daughters, Karli and Brandi, and a son named Broderick from his first marriage with Marcia. He also has a son, named Wynton with his second wife Shackelford. And while he’s had no biological children with Marjorie, he’s become a father through her, too.

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You see, Marjorie has three children, Lori, Jason and Morgan, from an earlier relationship. Over the years that she has been with Harvey, then, he’s fulfilled the role of stepfather for the trio. And while blending two families can be challenging, it seems that Harvey would do anything for his beloved wife.

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Speaking of finding love with Marjorie, in 2016 Harvey gushed to People, “It was like being reborn.” Explaining what he meant by that, he added, “I messed up so many times in my life. [Marjorie] made all the difference. When you’re happy at home, you can make a lot of things happen.”

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And while the couple appear to have successfully combined their respective families now, bringing the two sides together wasn’t always easy. In fact, Harvey explained to People that he’d warned his kids, “‘Look, you don’t like it? Deal with it. I don’t need y’all’s permission.’”

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Given little choice, the seven children accepted their parents’ union and soon became part of one large, blended family. However, it seemed that Marjorie’s son, Jason, had kept his true feelings about Harvey to himself – that is, until he appeared on his stepfather’s show in 2015.

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In celebration of the host’s birthday, all seven of his children and his wife surprised him on Steve Harvey. During their appearance on the show, they each shared some of the heartwarming memories that they had of their dad, stepdad and husband.

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For instance, Harvey’s daughter Karli recalled a memorable Christmas when she and Brandi had ridden their new bikes around their dining room table. Marjorie’s daughter Morgan, meanwhile, revealed how Harvey had given her away at her wedding. And her stepbrother Broderick remembered how his father had given him his first cigar.

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However, when it was Jason’s turn to speak, things took a more serious turn. “You took my mother, but you gained a whole lot more with that,” he said, referring to himself and his sisters. And it seemed that Harvey had not just accepted those children, but also loves them as his own.

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Growing visibly emotional, Jason continued, “You gave me your last name, and that’s the unthinkable.” He also added, “My father, you know, he did what he could, but he wasn’t there. And you stepped in, and you gave me that.”

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As Harvey listened to Jason speak, it was clear to see that his words had touched a nerve. The host struggled to hold in his emotion as his eyes welled up and his lips began to quiver. However, the most moving part of his stepson’s speech was still to come.

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Concluding his tribute to Harvey, Jason added, “If only you knew the true amount of love that I have for you… I need for you to know that now.” And he wasn’t quite finished. “It don’t get no better than you, Dad. You it,” Jason gushed, much to the delight of the live audience, who broke out into a round of applause.

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Judging by Harvey’s reaction to Jason and all of his children’s words, he loves his family very much. However, he decided to take the opportunity to tell them explicitly what they mean to him in front of everyone watching.

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In an emotional speech, Harvey said, “I ain’t working for me. I’m working for them. I’ve got four full-time jobs for them.” And addressing his children, he added, “When I’m done, I want you all to have remembered that somebody cared more about you than himself. And I want you to care more about someone else than yourself.”

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With Harvey’s voice growing increasingly shaky with pride, he concluded, “I will defend your honor until I die. I love all of you. This is what it is for me. This is the greatest moment I’ve ever had. I’m very proud to be your father.”

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So, while most of us know Harvey as one of the country’s most-loved television personalities, it turns out that entertainment isn’t his number one job. He is first and foremost a father, which makes him richer than any accolade or amount of cash ever could.

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With that in mind, Harvey never shies away from showing off his family dynamic when he sees fit. As a result, the clan all appeared on a special episode of Family Feud together in 2017. And from the show – which is of course fronted by Harvey – it was clear to see that Jason shares his dad’s hilarious sense of humor.

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In one round, for example, Jason was asked by Harvey to “name a part of a woman that moves when she walks in a sexy way.” And his response was priceless. Cheekily, Harvey’s son suggested that the answer could be “cellulite,” causing the studio audience to erupt into hysterics. In case he’d caused any offense, however, he was quick to add, “But there’s nothing wrong with cellulite.”

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Off screen, meanwhile, Harvey has continued to sing the praises of his children in the years that have followed their appearances on his shows. The TV star is particularly vocal on social media, which he often uses to share proud updates on the expanding Harvey clan and their various exploits.

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On top of their blended brood of seven children, Harvey and his wife, Marjorie, are also proud grandparents of five. The youngest member of their clan is a grandson named Ezra, who came into the world in September 2018. And he happens to be Jason’s third child with his model wife, Amanda.

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Jason and Amanda tied the knot on Jason’s 22nd birthday in 2013. And five years later, when Jason turned 27 on their wedding anniversary, Amanda took to Instagram with a romantic post dedicated to her husband. On the social media site, she wrote, “27 years ago today, you were born. Five years ago today, we eloped in a hot air balloon.”

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Amanda’s thoughtful post continued, “On this day, I thank God for creating you just for me and for forever joining us together in his name. You are the greatest gift I have ever received and the best choice I have ever made. I will continue to cherish and love you for the rest of my days. Thank you for loving me like no one else can. Your love has made my life a fairytale.”

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Presumably, part of the fairytale to which Amanda was referring is the family that she has built with Jason. In June 2014, in fact, the pair welcomed their firstborn, a daughter whom they named Rose. Then, just over a year later, Jason and Amanda had a son called Noah. And in September 2018 their second boy, Ezra, was born.

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Jason and Amanda’s offspring have even appeared on the catwalk together – at none other than Milan Fashion Week in 2017. Prior to Ezra’s birth, in fact, Mom, Dad and their children Rose and Noah opened the Dolce & Gabbana show at the prestigious event. And the foursome looked absolutely incredible while doing so.

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Following the show, Amanda took to Instagram to share two captivating catwalk shots with her fans. In the first photograph, she and Jason can be seen each holding one of their children as they sashay down the runway. The entire family wears a mix of vibrant feline-inspired prints, including garments covered with images of cute kitties and leopard spots.

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Beside the striking snap, Amanda wrote, “I am beyond honored for my family and I to have opened your show @dolcegabbana! We are forever grateful! Thank you @stefanogabbana and #Domenico! We love you!” And in another post, Amanda added, “[I’m] beyond blessed to have shared this beautiful moment with my family.”

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But it wasn’t just Jason, Amanda, Rose and Noah who represented the Harvey family at the Dolce & Gabbana show. That’s because Jason’s younger sister Lori and their mother, Marjorie, were also runway models for the occasion. And they, too, were eager to celebrate the family affair on Instagram.

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Alongside a picture of herself at the show, model Lori wrote on Instagram, “Third time’s a charm. Thank you so much @stefanogabbana and Domenico and the whole @dolcegabbana [team]. So honored to be a part of such an amazing show and to have walked alongside my mom, brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew! Forever grateful #blessed.”

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Meanwhile, proud grandmother Marjorie shared a photograph of Jason and Rose looking fierce as they strutted down the catwalk together. And beside the picture, she jokingly pointed out her granddaughter’s powerful pose. “Serve face, baby Rose,” she wrote. “It’s in her DNA.”

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It’s indeed fair to say that a love of fashion runs deep in the Harvey family. While Marjorie is a fashion blogger and Amanda and Lori both model, Jason is actually the founder of luxury shoe brand Yevrah. The line sells unique designs that are handcrafted in Brazil and offer customers cutting-edge fashions.

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Back in 2015, in fact, Jason appeared on his father’s TV show in order to promote Yevrah. And while speaking to Harvey, he revealed that he’d learned a lot in the process of making his footwear line. “I didn’t understand, really, the anatomy of the foot – how it really works, you know,” he admitted to his dad.

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But with a little help from his family, Jason was able to make his dreams reality. “I think your mother and your sisters kind of helped you a little bit,” Harvey offered. “Because he was making these models and, you know, Marjorie and the girls [were] going, ‘Okay, Jason, but I have to stand up in this… and I want to be able to still have a back when all of this is done.’”

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That wasn’t the only way in which Jason’s loved ones had inspired the creation of his shoe brand, though. That can be seen in the meaning behind the seemingly unusual label Yevrah, as Jason revealed. “The truth about the name is it’s only Harvey spelled backwards,” he explained. “So it’s keeping it in the family, of course.”

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However, it would seem that creating a footwear empire is not enough for Jason. Because in December 2018 he announced that he was launching his own kids’ show named Grans on YouTube. The series is based on a fictional grandma’s house that contains a magical trunk. Furthermore, it has received both Harvey and Marjorie’s seals of approval, as each has already appeared on the show.

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So, given how much Jason has achieved in his life, from his fashion business to his family, it’s little surprise that Harvey continues to sing his son’s praises. As a result, when Jason celebrated his 27th birthday in August 2018, the television star took to Instagram to share a picture with his boy. In the accompanying caption, Harvey wrote, “Happy birthday, second-oldest son, Jason Harvey. I’m proud of you, son.”

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