Steve Harvey won’t be hosting the kids’ talent show Little Big Shots when the series returns to NBC. Harvey, who hosted the show for its first three seasons, will be replaced by Melissa McCarthy, reports People.
“Melissa’s just an incredible performer and incredible comedian,” NBC’s co-chairman of entertainment Paul Telegdy said in a statement, adding that, “will bring a completely fresh perspective to it. Melissa is a strong creative force with her own ideas. Changes will be apparent”. Although an exact date for the series’ return has not been announced, the show will begin airing again at 8 pm on Sunday nights after the end of football season next winter.The change was announced shortly after news of Harvey’s daytime talk show, Steve, getting canceled by NBC after seven years with the network.
The news may not have been surprising to Harvey himself, who had previously expressed uncertainty over whether he and the program would stay with the network when the current season ended.
“I thought I was until they made an announcement a couple weeks ago that they wanted to give Kelly Clarkson the owned and operated NBC Networks, and that’s my slot,” he said during an interview at Variety ‘s Entertainment Summit in January.