Harvey joked how difficult it was to stretch out the part about how men think, given how simplistic we really are: “I had written 13 pages but the book company had me stretch it. You can summarize men in three pages.”
He expressed sympathy for Kanye West and anyone who became famous young such as Michael Vick: "He redeemed himself admirably."
He also waxed romantic about “Soul Train” and how he loved to see the girls more than the dances or the music. VH1 recently aired a great documentary about the program. “I wanted to be a Soul Train man,” he said. “My room had a sign on the door that said, ‘Welcome to the Soul Train.’ I had bean bag chair and beads and everything. Yah, I had a lava lamp. I was Mr. Soul Train.” His best dance move: The Rodeo.
Harvey hopes to bring a bit of original host Richard Dawson's sharp tongue to "Family Feud," which he is going to begin hosting this fall. "If you give a stupid answer, I'll let you have it," he said. (He's the first African American to take the helm, most recently held by John O'Hurley.)
My camera ran out of battery space just seconds after the interview ended. He joked that his family has “violent tendencies,” that it would be ugly if they ended up on “Family Feud.”