The actor told The AP that he wasn't sure he could be totally honest on Steve Harvey, the new Endemol-produced series.
"Look, I was leery about being able to maintain who I am. Not so much the edginess, but I really wanted to be frank on TV. I really wanted to say what I say," Harvey explained.
Harvey went on to say that he ultimately warmed to the idea of his own series, but insisted that he is not afraid to be confrontational with his guests.
"I'm happy if you're a guest on my show, but if you sit over there and say something that I don't think is cool for me or my listeners, I've got to reserve the right to say so," he declared. "Just because you've got this book doesn't mean you're right about everything."
He added of his qualifications for hosting a lifestyle show: "I've been unemployed, homeless, had a lot of jobs, been dirt-poor and out of it and been pretty successful.
"Married a few times, bad credit, good credit, tax troubles, no tax troubles. I've just about been through it all. Never been a drug user, but other than that, I've had a pretty nice slice of life."
Steve Harvey is airing on NBC affiliates across the US.