Unless you have been living under a rock, you must be familiar with Steve Harvey. He is the host of Family Feud, the game show that has entertained millions of viewers from all over the globe for many years now! It even has a computer game and board game of its own. Recently, the game show host shared a story of a contestant on the show who was desperate to bring home the prize. The contestant looked very nervous. This was not exactly all that unusual when you appear on national television, but he was displaying highly unusual behavior during the episode… What was really going on behind the scenes?
There is a good reason to be nervous and uncomfortable when you appear on national television. Even so, it was clear that the contestant was showing even more unusual behavior than the typical person would. He was seen showing questionable tics and had been sweating heavily. Was there more to this than meets the eye?
Condition Worsened Day to Day
From day one to day three, the contestant had not been performing exceptionally great. The truth is that his winnings had been a grand total of zero by then! However, none of the viewers knew just how badly his health was deteriorating at the time. His condition only got worse as time went on…
He Couldn’t Prepare
Steve Harvey only found out what was going on with the contest after talking to his mother. The game show host was shocked by what she told him about her son. Let us not forget that this happened on live television! This only made his emotions that much more difficult to conceal since there was no take two.
How The Show Works
If you are not familiar with Family Feud, allow us to explain the mechanics to you. Two families form two different teams on the show. Each round involves a category and a set of the most popular answers. The family members need to work together to get the top answers. Even though they sometimes disagree, they typically make up before the end of the episode.
Money & Prizes
The answers revealed in the show come from a survey of a hundred random respondents. In order to bring home the prizes, one team needs to score higher. It is fun to guess along with the contestants when you watch the show. But why exactly was this particular contestant acting in such a strange way?
The game show has changed a lot from the time that it was hosted by Louie Anderson. He served as the main host of the program during its third iteration from 1999 until 2002. Richard Karn and John O’Hurley got their turns after that. But the show reached new heights with the arrival of Steve Harvey.
Harvey As A Host
In 2010, Steve Harvey started to take over the hosting duties. Fans were delighted by his new hosting style. This involves developing relationships with the members of the family on each team. Even though a lot of people have participated in the show over the years, this contestant left the host in a state of shock!
A Shocking Shift
People who regularly watch the show will know just how funny Steve Harvey can be. Thanks to his comedic timing, Family Feud is even more enjoyable than it already is. Even though he has a lot of hosting experience to his name, this is the first time that he had witnessed something like this.
Popularity Of Feud
We now live in the digital age, where likes and shares rule our worlds. It is not shocking to hear that this episode went viral online as soon as the story got out. The video has been making rounds on the internet ever since 2016. But what exactly did the viewers learn about the contestant in question?
Once the episode came out, Steve Harvey took to YouTube to post a video that came with the title, “Steve’s Unforgettable Family Feud Moment.” Most users who clicked on it thought that it was going to funny, but they were wrong. In fact, the most common reaction among the folks who saw it was shocked.
There was no punchline here. Steve Harvey did not laugh at this contestant either. Instead, he spoke from the heart and shared details of this story. He talked about how much the contestant was shaking and perspiring on the set. While the host usually goes for a light tone, this was not the case this time.
As Steve Harvey talked about their experience while shooting the episode, he mentioned just how much the player had been sweating. Even the viewers could not have missed it. The host said that he also tends to sweat a bit during taping thanks to all the lights in there. Even so, this was clearly different.
Steve Harvey explained by saying, “He was the captain [of his team] and he was sweating profusely, to the point where we had to change his shirt. And you know, I was trying to joke with him, but he was sweating too hard.” He could tell that there was something very wrong going on. What could it be?
Steve Harvey, together with the rest of the crew, realized that the man was sweating too much. It did not seem to stop either. They were all worried about this contestant. While the host is no medical professional, he could not help but feel anxious for the contestant. Was there any way to help him?
Even though they were concerned, they did not know that persistent and sever perspiration can have a heavy connotation. It is usually a signal that there is a serious underlying condition. At the time, they were wondering if it was time to put a halt on the taping. Or should they just let the contestant seek help when necessary?
It was hard to determine exactly what was causing the excessive perspiration. At any rate, there was no way to deny that the man was already drenched in sweat. Steve Harvey and the entire team had been very worried. They only got more concerned after they saw that he continued to sweat no matter what.
It is never easy to appear in a TV show, especially when it is taped live. As you can imagine, it is always going to be challenging to appear in front of millions of viewers in a battle of brains. Was this what was making the contestant sweat so match? Or was there more to the story than meets the eye?
Sadly, this were not the only things that the contestant was dealing with. It was more than just his bad streak in the game. In the video, Steve Harvey said, “He was just a wreck.” The game show host went on to say, “He had played three days and didn’t win the money.” What was going on with him?
Turn of Events
Towards the end of the episode, the team of the nervous contestant began to get the upper hand. All of a sudden, it seemed possible for these under dogs to claim victory! This was quite the plot twist, but there is an even bigger one that was going to overshadow their streak of good luck.
In the end, their family was declared the victor. They brought home a cash prize of $20,000! This was great news, but the reaction of the contestant was quite strange. “He just fell on his knees and wouldn’t stop crying,” said Steve Harvey. But was he crying out of happiness or because there was a problem?
A Raw Host
Once they were done with taping, Steve Harvey approached the winners. He could not believe what happened after he came up to the family. Even though he had been the host for many years now, this was the first time that he ever saw something of this sort. What did he learn about the player anyway?
Overcome With Emotion
In the beginning, the family members were all shocked to see Steve Harvey so close. They could not believe that he would reach out to them like that. He then asked them about the drastic reaction of the contestant. When they explained what was going on, the game show host got emotional. But why?
What made the contestant react that way in the first place? After approaching the family and asking them about it, he learned the truth. No one could believe what they just heard. The viewers of the video were also surprised by the big reveal. However, this was not the end of all the surprises just yet.
It turned out that the man had been sweating so much because he was suffering from a terminal illness. As you can imagine, this was not something that Steve Harvey expected at all. Even though he could tell that there was a problem, he did not anticipate that it was going to be anything like this.
A Good Deed
Once they told him the truth, the game show host made up his mind. He was going to help them. After seeing what was going on with his own eyes, he wanted to make a difference in their lives. They deserved this at the very least. But what exactly did he plan to do about the problem?
A Generous Gift
We probably do not have to tell you that this celebrity is a pretty wealthy person. Not only is he rich, but he is also generous. He regularly gives money to charities and organizations. As you might have guessed already, he donated money to the family. To be specific, he handed them $25,000. Whoa.
Of Modest Means
Steve Harvey had not always been a millionaire. However, he has since become a household name after going into a number of fields. Over the years, he has been a comedian, author, and TV host. Celebrity Net Worth says that he has an estimated net worth of more than $120 million. What an amazing man.
He has appeared in a number of shows over the years. The list includes Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge, Steve, The Steve Harvey Project, The Steve Harvey Show and Steve Harvey’s Funderdome. But he has done more than just that. We have not even covered the shows that he hosted in the past. As you can see, he is no stranger to the limelight.
Own YouTube Channel
Aside from TV shows, Steve Harvey runs a YouTube channel of his own as well. It has since gained 3 million subscribers. We are sure that this number will only go up some more. There is a video on the channel called ‘Steve Harvey Breaks Down After Seeing His Mama’s House.’ It has over 51 million views!
His Very Own Street & Day
Did you know that a street has been named after him? Yes, there is a street called Steve Harvey, and it is located in Cleveland, Ohio. There is a segment of E. 112th Street known as “Steve Harvey Way.” If you go there, you are going to find a street sign with his face. The mayor of Cleveland proclaimed January 17, 2015 to be “Steve Harvey Day.” How awesome is that?
It goes without saying that he has made a lot of money over the years. We are sure that he is paid handsomely for his work on Family Feud and the rest of his projects. In fact, he receives an annual salary of $44 million for his TV hosting gig. That is not bad at all!
Don’t Let It Fool You
This number is not indicative of how much money he actually has, however. You should probably know that he is a really generous fellow. We bet that you already know this after hearing about how he helped the nervous contestant. The truth is that his upbringing has turned him into the man that he now is.
The Richest TV Hosts
While there are richer TV hosts in the world, he is definitely among the top earners in the industry. As a matter of fact, he is considered the fifth wealthiest one. Judy Sheindlin, also known as Judge Judy, is at the top of the list. Between her and Harvey are Ellen DeGeneres, Phil McGraw, and Ryan Seacrest.
Formerly On Streets
When he was still a young man, Steve Harvey has been on the receiving ends of various acts of kindness. There was a time when he was homeless. This happened before he made it big in the world of standup comedy. Can you believe that he used to live on the streets? It is hard to imagine now, but this was true.
In the ‘80s, he used to sleep in his car because he had nowhere else to go. Back then, he would shower at gas stations and public pools. He has since come a long way. However, he would not have gotten to where he is now if it had not been for the generosity of other people.
A Kind Couple
There are plenty of couples in Hollywood, but they are not always generous. We are glad to hear that Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie are working together on a project that aims to help other people. He grew up poor, so he knows better than most how important it is to lend a hand to those in need.
The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation
The husband and wife are the founders of an organization called the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation. They started the project as a way to pay their luck forward. We hope that this becomes more common among celebs. Clearly, they are aware of the fact that they are more privileged than most people in the world.
Paying It Forward
Let us take a look at what the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation stands for. Its mission statement reads says that it “..strive[s] to be the change-agent in fostering excellence in the areas of education, health, and social well-being in urban and diverse communities; ensuring that the needs of the whole child are met.”
Steve Harvey also knows the importance of family. He is the father of five kids in total: Lori, Brandi, Wynton, Broderick, and Karli. He had Brandi, Karli, and Broderick with Marcia Harvey, his first wife. On the other hand, Wynton is his child with Mary Lee Harvey. Lastly, Lori is his daughter with Marjorie Harvey, who is his third and current wife. Isn’t this a lovely family photo?
Committed To Faith
Not many people know that Steve Harvey is a Christian. The game show host is actually really committed to his faith. He says that he always turns to prayer when he finds himself going through a rough patch. In 2015, he spoke to The Gospel Herald and revealed, “I told God if he let me make it, when I got there I’d tell everybody how I did it.”
Steve Harvey is a wonderful man who always tries his best to leave a positive impact on everyone else. Even when it comes to his work as TV host, he does the same thing. Let us hear what he told The New York Times in an interview: “I’ve just gotten to a place where it’s got to be more than jokes.”
Another interesting thing about Steve Harvey is the fact that he is a writer. He has published four books such as No Chaser: How to Find and Keep a Man, Straight Talk, Act Like A Lady, Think Like a Man, No Chaser: How to Find and Keep a Man, and Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success. Is there anything that he can’t do?
A Lasting Legacy
It is so inspiring to hear that Steve Harvey wants to leave nothing more than a positive mark on the world. He said, “I know it sounds corny, but I’m starting really to think about my life in terms of ‘What are they going to say about me?’…The sense of wanting to do something meaningful is upon me now.”
Leading the Way
Once he posted the Family Feud video on his YouTube channel, it did not take long before it went viral. The video has since earned three million likes and a lot of comments on YouTube. Take a look at one viewer had to say about it: “What an amazing gesture of kindness and love. Thank you, Steve Harvey, for setting an example for all of us. God bless this man and his family.”
After everything that we have learned about Steve Harvey, we are not shocked that he has won awards over the years. Let us take a look at his accolades. He has worked hard for all of them. He has brought home two Marconi Awards, six Daytime Emmys, and 14 NAACP Image Awards. How impressive is that?
His Big Break
But how did he launch his career in the entertainment industry in the first place? He got his big break when he hosted Showtime at the Apollo from 1992 to 2000. The job opened a lot of doors for someone who was already so talented. We are glad that people took notice of him!
We truly admire his kindness and generosity. Sadly, most people with terminal illnesses do not get the same support. In fact, folks tend to spend millions of dollars to pay for medical bills after accidents and medical conditions if they have no insurance. The sad truth is that most people are not prepared for emergencies and accidents.
Turning To Strangers For Help
You must have noticed the rise of GoFundMe and other similar platforms. People turn to these websites when they need help paying for hospital bills. It is touching to hear that others are willing to help strangers in need! Nerd Wallet even said that $930 million out of the $2 billion raised on GoFundMe in 2015 went to medical bills.
While there are successful campaigns on the website, the truth is that many of them don’t meet their goals. A NerdWallet report says that only a tenth of the total campaigns reach the money they need. If this does not work for them, they turn to the help of charities like the one that Steve Harvey founded.
We are always delighted by the host when we watch Family Feud. It is clear that others also like him since its ratings went up a lot ever over the years. It has actually been the second most-watched comedy daytime show since 2012! He is also the host of the hit Celebrity Family Feud.
Miss Universe Pageant
Aside from that, he has hosted other events as well. He has served as the host of the ‘Miss Universe Pageant’ several times. We are sure that you already know that he messed up during a vital moment in 2015. He accidentally announced the wrong person as the winner. Even though he made a mistake, it has not gotten in the way of his career.
His Real Name
You might be surprised to hear that Steve Harvey is actually not his real life. The truth is that his parents named him Broderick Stephen Harvey. If you ask us, he made the right call by simply going by the short version of his middle name. It suits him, and it is easy to remember!
A Small Success
We have bad news for you, however. If you are planning to look up the Family Feud video on YouTube, you are not going to find it there. For some reason, it has since been taken off his channel. We have no idea why this, but we hope that you are glad that you learned about the story anyway.
Even though it is no longer up, the story has definitely impacted the lives of many people. There is no doubt in our minds that the act of kindness displayed by the host has affected the lives of the family. Not only that, but it has also moved his viewers from all over the world! We hope that Steve Harvey never stops being the kind person that he is.