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Steve Harvey Says He Regrets His “Bad Choice of Words” With Mo’Nique 

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Steve Harvey Says He Regrets His “Bad Choice of Words” With Mo’Nique 

Following their heated discussion on the “Steve” show, Steve Harvey has taken some time to reflect.

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PEOPLE caught up with the talk show host at a “Celebrity Family Feud” event in Los Angeles Sunday. Harvey seemed regretful at how he handled Mo’Nique’s appearance on his show.

“I’ve got to slow down when I’m talking. I can’t get into heated discussions, and I’ve got to just guard my words more carefully.”

Steve Harvey’s interview with Mo’Nique aired last Wednesday where the two pals discussed the actress feeling blackballed in Hollywood. Things quickly took a turn for the worse when Harvey disagreed with Mo’Nique’s refusal to do additional Oscar campaigning after winning the Academy Award for best supporting actress nine years ago.

“I take full responsibility for it, it came out my mouth, so I can’t say that I didn’t say it,” Harvey said. “But to people that really know me, I have lived my whole life as a man of integrity. So when I was referring to ‘integrity’ in that interview, I was talking about the method in which things were being done, and that is all it was.”

During the interview, which trended for days and gained millions of views, she explained how she felt her and her husband and manager, Sidney Hicks, “got labeled as difficult” by the “Precious” producers. Harvey argued that she should’ve sacrificed her integrity for the money being offered.

“I never questioned anybody’s principles or anybody’s causes,” he continued. “I was merely questioning, for the 50-minute interview, the method that she chose going about doing it — and I regret that looking back at it now, because that was a bad choice of words.”

Now, Harvey hopes he hasn’t tarnished his image among his fans and the youngsters he mentors.

“I shouted out and it happened, I regret it, but I want young people, the kids that come to my camps, the young people that I mentor, the fans that really respect me, to know to just charge that one to my head and not to my heart,” he said. “Because in my heart, that is not what I have asked anyone to do. I have lived my whole life as a man of integrity, and I will stand on that, but I was really just talking about the method that they went about doing what they did, and that was it.”

Although Mo’Nique won the Oscar for her scene snatching role as Precious’ mother in “Precious”, she claimed she was punished for not playing “the game”. In their interview, the actress said she felt betrayed by Harvey when he publically scrutinized her without talking to her first. She claimed other African Americans in the industry failed to stand by her as well.

“I hate what’s happening to you,” Harvey said. “I hate what they’re saying that’s not true. I want them to know that you’re caring, that you’re a great mother, that you’re an incredible talent. I don’t like the fact that you’ve been blackballed. You’re too talented to have to worry about all this.”

The host promised he’d lend a helping hand to the comedian to repair her broken relationships.

“I’m going to try and arrange — I’m going to do my best — to get the conversations that need to be had between you and these people so you can hear from them,” he told her. “I’m going to then ask them will they say it publicly, for the benefit of everybody, so you can get the release that you need. Then I’m going to ask you to tell these people and apologize for some bashing [that you did]. When everybody can come to that, that’s a chance for us to move [forward].”

RELATED: Lee Daniels Slams Mo’Nique: ‘She Needs To Shut Up, She Blackballed Herself’

Watch part 1 of Steve’s interview with Mo’Nique below:


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