Steve Harvey hates to be the bearer of bad news, but he must break a harsh reality to some of his female fans.
“I can assure you that men are not intimidated by a woman,” Harvey said in a recent phone interview.
The actor/comedian and radio personality, who comes to the Columbus Civic Center Saturday, is widely regarded as a relationship expert — thanks largely to his 2009 book, “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.”
His next relationship book, “Straight Talk, No Chaser,” is slated for a Dec. 7 release. It will tackle one of the topics women discuss with Harvey most frequently: commitment.
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Among Harvey’s lessons? If you want a wedding, approach the topic directly with your man.
“Straight Talk, No Chaser” will also address the women who maintain they can’t find a date because they intimidate men.
Confused? Refer to the aforementioned conclusion, though Harvey adds it’s possible for male daters to feel ashamed for not accomplishing as much as they’d like in life.
Talk to Harvey and you’ll get quick answers to some of the dating world’s most common questions, like whether it’s a man’s responsibility to say “I love you” first in a relationship.
(Harvey’s response? Not necessarily. “A lot of guys feel love and don’t know what it is right away,” he said.)
When we interviewed Harvey, he was approaching the end of his Martha’s Vineyard Diet Detox, a program popularized by a book called “21 Pounds in 21 Days.” He’d lost more than 16 pounds from his starting weight of nearly 239 pounds.
The detox program relies on a liquid diet. Harvey, who expected to follow a maintenance plan after the program, said the detox didn’t slow him down,
“I thought I would have a lack of energy,” Harvey said.
Crowd-pleasing energy is essential for the comedian, whose radio show will soon air on TV via Centric (BET’s spinoff network).
Then, there’s Harvey’s other recent TV gig: the new host of “Family Feud.”
“I love real people,” Harvey said. “I love regular, everyday people. They’re a whole lot more fun to be around than rich people.”
As for his Civic Center show, Harvey promises lots of laughs. Don’t let the show’s title — “Tear Your Mouth Out Tour” — mislead you.
“I know that sounds painful, but it actually feels really good,”