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Steve Harvey doesn't mind embarrassing stars on 'Celebrity Family Feud': 'You came on the show'

Steve Harvey isn't scared of embarrassing stars on "Celebrity Family Feud"

 

Steve Harvey will once again have celebrities at the mercy of his quick wit and silver tongue when the second season of ABC's "Celebrity Family Feud" premieres on Sunday.

The first night will see country cutie Kellie Pickler and family take on NSYNC boy bander Lance Bass and his relatives, followed by NeNe Leakes challenging Ernie Hudson. But it is the NFL and AFC football players coming the following weekend that the stand-up comic is really looking forward to because he feels they are clueless when it comes to real-life matters.

"You take a kid out of college, you put him into the National Football League, he signs a big contract, and he becomes a millionaire at 22, what do he know about the grocery store?" Harvey tells FOX411. "How much do he think a carton of milk cost? He don’t know…They’re regular people, who have not been exposed to a lot of regular life anymore. These people have chefs, butlers and staff."

When interacting with the celebrities, who are playing for the chance to win up to $25,000 for their favorite charity, the author of the best-seller “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” takes political correctness into consideration. For example, he doesn't kiss the ladies like his predecessor Richard Dawson did. However, he’s still is all about making people laugh, and the celebrity guests don't get special treatment.

"I go for it," he says. "See, I gotta make this money. These celebrities, they make a lot of money, and this is how I make my end of my money. So because a celebrity don’t want to answer questions if they think something is out of bounds, it has nothing to do with me. You came on the show. You know who I am. I gotta get these laughs out, and if it’s at [your expense] Dr. Phil, it's at Dr. Phil."

Harvey also applies the no-out-of-bounds rules to himself. So, he has no problem addressing last year's Miss Universe issue, where, on live TV, he inadvertently named Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner, when the title actually belonged to Miss Phillippines Pia Wurtzbach. But he was man enough to go out, take responsibility, and set things right because if he didn't, he says, the wrong woman would be wearing the crown.

"Everybody thinks that the Miss Universe thing was the greatest mistake in the history of television," Harvey says. "I’ve even had people tell me that it had to be the biggest mistake of my life and career. I went, 'No man, I hate to break it to you. It was a big mistake, but in my life, it ain’t even in the top 20.'"

Harvey has no regrets over how he handled the flub. He says he would respond exactly the same way if he had a do-over, walking back on stage and telling the truth.

He points out, "They’ve invited me back, and the only difference is I’m charging them a whole lot more money."

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