Daytime TV is known for a lot of things, but authenticity isn’t one of them. Flip through the channels at any point between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and you are likely to stumble across one of the following: a fake psychologist telling you how to live your life, someone who communicates with dead people, cousins arguing about who gets to marry their aunt, paternity test extravaganzas, or a bunch of women who are authorities on nothing acting like they know everything.
That’s pretty much daytime TV programming in a nutshell. It is very rare to come across something that is genuinely moving or actually emotional.
That all changed last week when, during a show taping, comedian and pretend expert on women Steve Harvey got legitimately choked up from someone calling in to wish him a happy birthday.
"This is Rich Liss from Orlando, Florida," the man on the line said. "Do you still love me, baby?"
After realizing who the man who, Harvey admitted that he did. Shortly thereafter he filled the public in on why that call meant so much to him.
"I was 26 years old, struggling, I didn't have nothing and these people owned a furniture store in Cleveland and these people took me in and gave me my first contract with my little carpet cleaning company. When I was 27, I became a comedian and they gave me an account at their travel agency...I've been looking for you for years! Thank you. You bailed me and I never forgot it."