The week’s just begun and it’s already been a bad one for Steve Harvey.
Soon after word got out that NBC had canceled Harvey’s eponymous TV talk show, news broke that Harvey had also lost his NBC gig as host of Little Big Shots, a variety show featuring talented little kids.
According to People, NBC is replacing Harvey on Big Shots with comedian Melissa McCarthy.
“Melissa’s just an incredible performer and incredible comedian,” NBC’s co-chairman of entertainment Paul Telegdy said in a statement, People reports, adding that as a 48-year-old mother of two, McCarthy “will bring a completely fresh perspective to it.”
Harvey is 62.
But, as The Root noted in its earlier coverage about NBC deciding to drop Harvey’s talk show, the decision to boot Harvey from Big Shots may have had less to do with “fresh perspective” and more to do with a feud between NBCUniversal and Endeavor’s IMG Original Content, the company that produces Harvey’s talk show.
NBC lost its ownership stakes in the talk show under the deal Harvey struck with IMG and was upset about that.
In any case, the new iteration of Big Shots will air Sunday nights at 8 p.m., sometime after football season.
In addition, according to People, Harvey’s producers are working on maybe getting another network to pick up the talk show.
And, of course, for those still wanting their daily dose of Harvey, there’s always Family Feud.