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Steve Harvey Once Owed the IRS a $20 Million Debt: Here Are 5 Interesting Must-Know Facts About the Veteran Comedian

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Fresh on from his marriage to Marjorie, Steve Harvey was informed he owed the IRS a $20 million debt due to fraudulent activities by his accountant. 

Steve Harvey is one of the most recognized and successful TV Hosts in the history of Hollywood. The West Virginia native started his entertainment career as a comedian back in the late 1980s when he made it to the finals of the Second Annual Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search. It would only take him three years after that showing to land his first hosting role when he took over as the host of “Showtime at the Apollo” in 1993. 

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In 1996 three years into his role as host of “Showtime at the Apollo,” Harvey got his sitcom “The Steve Harvey Show” on Warner Bros. The show gained an instant fan base among predominantly African American and Latino communities.

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In 1999 Harvey linked up with comedians Bernie Mac, D.L. Hughley, and an upcoming young comedian Cedric the Entertainer. Together, they went on a nationwide comedy tour titled “The Kings of Comedy.” The show surprisingly became a commercial hit, and it created a record by becoming the highest-grossing comedy tour ever in the U.S, making more than $19 million.

The New Decade Brings More Success

Steve left his role on “Showtime at the Apollo” in 2000, while his sitcom “The Steve Harvey Show” stayed on air till 2002. The Comedian and Tv host have then hosted multiple shows, including his daily radio talk show “The Steve Morning Show,” which later earned him a Radio and Records magazine’s national Syndicated Personality/Show of the year award in 2007. 

He also hosted the iconic game show “Family Feud,” the reality show “Steve Harvey’s Big Time,” and the daytime talk show “Steve Harvey,” which won him multiple Daytime Emmy Awards and an NAACP.

Steve hosted the Miss Universe pageant in 2015, 2017, and 2018. The comedian is also a renowned author with his books “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” in 2009 and “Straight Talk, No Chaser” in 2010, which were all best sellers.

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With his multiple endeavors in Hollywood, including acting in a few movies, Steve has become one of the richest comedians in the world. According to Wealthy Gorilla, Steve is currently worth $200 million. The Comedian is currently hosting the comedy courtroom series “Judge Steve Harvey,” which has also been renewed by the ABC network for a second season. The show averaged 4.92 million viewers in its debut season.

Steve Harvey Once Owed The IRS $20 Million

During an interview, Steve revealed that just after his marriage to wife Marjorie in 2016, he discovered he owed the IRS a whopping $20 million. The information about his debt was disclosed after his accountant died and a colleague who worked with him discovered Steve’s tax forms dating back seven years were all signed with checks stapled to them.

The only problem was the checks were not cashed, but money matching the exact amounts had been taken out of Steve’s accounts. After the discovery, the IRS asked the comedian to pay $20 million.

Steve confessed he had to sit his new wife down and explain the problem to her. He promised Marjorie he would get the family out of their predicament even if it entailed working multiple jobs. The Comedian kept his promise and took every gig offered to him until a big project came his way in 2012, which allowed him to pay off the debt finally.

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How Much Does He Earn Per Episode?

Steve’s net worth of $200 million means he is one of the wealthiest comedians in Hollywood. In a career spanning more than 25 years and occupying multiple roles, the comedian has worked hard for his success. 

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In 2010 when he started hosting the iconic show “Family Feud,” Steve reportedly earned $20,000 per half-hour episode of the show. 

Who Are Steve Harvey’s Sons? 

Steve is a proud father of seven children, all grown and leading very successful lives. Of his seven kids, four are from his previous marriages to ex-wives Marcia Harvey and Mary Shackleford. His remaining three children are his current wife’s kids from her previous relationships, whom he adopted when they married. 

His eldest son Broderick Harvey Jr is from his marriage to his wife, Marcia Harvey. Broderick, as an adult, owns his fashion line called “Need Money Not Friends” and a photography studio called “B. Harvey Photography Inc.”

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The comedian’s biological son Wynton Harvey is his only child from his marriage to Mary Shackleford. Wynton has a passion for art, with a dedicated Instagram page to show off his artistic works. He also has a profile on Rarible, where digital artists sell their custom works.

Steve’s last son is Jason Harvey, whom he adopted after marrying Marjorie. Jason is the founder of a luxury women’s footwear company called “Yevrah.”

Who Are Steve Harvey’s Daughters? 

Steve has two biological, and two adopted daughters. His eldest daughters are twins Brandi and Karli Harvey from his marriage to Marcia Harvey. The twins born in 1982 have evolved into beautiful women with successful individual careers. 

Brandi is the founder of a fitness, health, and lifestyle website for women called “Beyond Her.” Also, she is the Chief Change Maker and Executive Director of “The Steve and Marjorie Foundation,” a philanthropic organization by Steve and Marcia.

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Karli, on the other hand, is also involved in the foundation, where she does public speaking and mentoring. She and twin Karli also share personal stories and advice in Instagram videos titled “Twin Talk.”

Steve’s adopted daughters are Morgan and Lori Harvey. Morgan is a renowned party chef with her brand “I Need Sum Mo.” Lori Harvey, the youngest, is the most famous of Steve’s children due to her career as a renowned model who has graced the front covers of magazines like “Vogue.”

What Is Steve Harvey’s Height?

Steve might not be the tallest comedian in the world, but the comedian is tall enough. The veteran is 1.85 meters tall.

What Is Steve Harvey’s Religion?

Steve Harvey is a devoted Christian. The famous talk show host often had Christian guests on “The Steve Harvey Show” speak about God. 

Over the years, the father of seven regularly expressed his faith and relationship with Jesus. Also, his mother was a Sunday school teacher before her death. 

Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe Error 

In 2015 while hosting the Miss Universe pageant, Steve erroneously announced that Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez had won the competition, only to realize later Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach was the actual winner.

The Comedian had to walk back on stage to rectify his mistake and announce Pia as the winner. This blunder sparked a lot of reactions, and most people were angry that such a mistake had happened.

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A day after the event, Steve’s wife Marjorie took to Instagram to defend her husband, and she praised him for having the courage to walk back on stage and take full responsibility. 
Marjorie also added that she was proud to be his wife, and she loved him. Steve apologized for his error, and he was later picked to host the 2017 and 2018 editions.

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