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Steve Harvey sounded off on cancel culture, blaming it for his decision to take a step away from stand-up comedy in recent years.
The comedian has been significantly more focused on his TV hosting work in recent years, such as leading "Family Feud" and his new ABC show in which he presides as a judge over low-stakes cases, "Judge Steve Harvey." Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour to promote the new daytime courtroom series, Harvey explained that he’s afraid to get back on the standup stage for fear of facing career-ending criticism.
"The only way I can do one more special is if it’s at the end of my television career because it will end my television career," Harvey said (via Variety). "We’re in the cancel culture now. No stand-up that is sponsor-driven can say anything he wants to. Chris Rock can’t. Kevin Hart can’t. Cedric the Entertainer can’t. D.L. Hughley can’t. I can go down the list. The only person that can say what they want to say on stage is Dave Chappelle because he’s not sponsor-driven. He’s subscription-driven."
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