Steve Harvey honors life-changing couple in emotional birthday speech

Even the most successful and privileged people get help from unexpected places to get where they are. For Steve Harvey, a Cleveland couple gave him a chance and changed the trajectory of his life. Fortunately, Harvey had the opportunity to thank them in a touching and public way.

The amazing surprise Steve Harvey received on his birthday

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At a recent show celebrating Steve Harvey’s birthday, something happened that brought tears to everyone who witnessed it. Steve’s crew decided it would be nice to organize a surprise for him to show on the air. When the segment started, Steve protested, insisting he didn’t like surprises. Unbeknownst to him, this was a surprise he would love.

The mysterious segment began with Steve receiving an incoming video call from Orlando, Florida. The man said to Steve, “Hi, this is Rich Liss from Orlando, Florida and I called to wish you a happy birthday.”

Steve immediately bursts into tears, tells the man he loves him, and then begins explaining their connection to his audience. Before he can get into his story, the man tells Steve that someone named “Becky” is also on the phone, which chokes Steve even more. He goes on to explain to the audience that Rich and Becky were the first to help him when he was 26 years old, struggling and looking for an opportunity to make it.

They owned a furniture store in Cleveland and hired Steve’s carpet cleaning company to work for them. Then, when he started doing comedy at 27, they let him collect a bill of over $10,000 from their travel agency, which enabled him to tour and build his career. Steve told the couple he had been looking for them for years. It was really a great birthday gift to reconnect with these two wonderful people.

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You never know what the people you meet in life will achieve. If you’re able to give people little breaks here and there, it could make all the difference to them and potentially change their lives. Without the kindness of Rich and Becky, Steve Harvey might never have been the Steve Harvey we know and love today.


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