Steve Harvey Burst Into Tears When He Realized Why This Contestant Was Acting So Strange

What Is Wrong With Him?

In a recent episode, Steve met a determined contestant who seemed desperate to win. All contestants want to win money but Steve would soon uncover the devastating reason behind this man’s determination.

Nerve Wracking Experience

Being quizzed on national TV can be a terrifying experience. Most contestants battle through their nerves, but this contestant seemed unable to control himself. He was sweating and shaking profusely. What was going on?

Three Tiring Days Straight

The contestant played for three days without winning any money, and his physical condition seemed to get worse and worse. Harvey decided to confront the man once the camera had stopped rolling. He soon learned the truth.

Aim Of The Game

The object of Family Feud is for participants to guess the most popular responses to survey questions posed to 100 random members of the public. Two sets of family teams heatedly compete in order to win extravagant prizes and cash money. This contestant was unlike any that had previously appeared on the show. Was he hiding something?

Lease Of Life

In 2010, Steve Harvey took over the show’s hosting duties. The popular comedian, actor and author made a special change to how the host interacted with contestants. He liked to get to know those who were on the show. This time, the audience and Harvey himself did not know what they were in for.

Different Kind Of Public Attention

The audience is used to interesting things happening to participants. Some give an unexpectedly dirty answer to a seemingly innocent question. Strange things can happen on live television.

Viral Clips

In the age of the internet and social media, “Family Feud Fails” has become an increasingly popular phenomenon online. Some clips of behind the scenes interactions have gone viral, with millions viewing clips from around the world. But in mid 2016. a never-before-seen piece of Family Feud-related footage came to light which left no one laughing.

Unforgettable Video

On August 1, 2016, a new video was posted to Steve Harvey’s YouTube channel. The clip was titled “Steve’s Unforgettable Family Feud Moment.” Many users were prepared to view a hilarious piece of footage from the show, but this footage was of an entirely different nature.

Unexpected Encounter

Harvey talked about an unusual encounter with one Family Feud contestant who had been sweating and uncontrollably nervous. The contestant seemed desperate and emotionally overwhelmed. Harvey would soon be shocked to hear his story.

Sweating Profusely

In the clip, filmed in front of a live TV audience, Harvey talks about one unforgettable contestant. “This man was on Family Feud,” Harvey recalls. “He was the captain [of his team] and he was sweating profusely, to the point where we had to change his shirt. And you know, I was trying to joke with him, but he was sweating too hard.”

Worrysome Events

Excessive perspiration can be a symptom of an underlying medical problem or it could mean that person is under severe emotional stress. This worried the crew and Steve himself but the production team and the host had to remain calm on live national television.

Just Such A Wreck

Sweating profusely can also be a particularly unusual side effect of pharmaceutical medication; whatever the cause of the contestant’s obvious condition, Harvey was becoming concerned about his terrified guest. The contestant’s run of bad luck was beginning to wear the man down.

Long Slog Taking Its Toll

“He had played three days and didn’t win the money,” Harvey explains in the video, adding, “He was just a wreck.” A losing streak on a game show is always disappointing, but this man seemed to be taking it particularly hard.

Luck Changed

The contestant’s luck soon changed, he and his family team won a cash prize of $20,000. The man’s reaction seemed to be another reason for concern. “He just fell on his knees and wouldn’t stop crying,” Harvey explains to the crowd in the video. While $20,000 is a large sum, Harvey thought it surprising for the winner to be so overcome with such earnest emotion.

Shocked To The Core

The intrigued host decided to chat to the emotional participant after the show’s filming had wrapped for the day. Harvey approached the contestant hesitantly. He enquired about the man’s reaction, why did winning mean so much to him? The man gave him an answer which shocked the presenter to his very core.

The Moment Of Truth

“He said, ‘Steve, I’m terminally ill. I’ve got three months to live, and because of my illness I can’t get insurance. I need this money for my family.’”

Shocking Revelation

The crowd in the footage is heard gasping at this devastating revelation. Harvey, a generous man of faith, chose to do something unprecedented.

Shocking Actions

The host wanted to do something for this ill man. In addition to the prize money, Harvey donated $25,000 out of his own. The man and his family would be walking away with $45,000.

Giving Back

Despite coming from such humble beginnings, Harvey is a very wealthy man. As of May 2017, according to financial website Celebrity Net Worth, Harvey has a personal net worth of $120 million to his well-known name.  A lot of his million dollar fortune has come from his work in Hollywood and being a successful author; some of his riches, however, has come from other places.

Source Of Income

His fortune has also come from his many Family Feud paycheques. It may not come as a big surprise that Harvey was so willing to give back to a needy contestant, especially when you learn a bit more about Steve’s back story.


Harvey is no stranger to acts of charity. Back in the 1980s long before his lucky break into the industry, Harvey was a struggling comedian who, at one particularly low point, found himself homeless. He would sleep in his car in between his few gigs and wash at public restrooms or swimming pools. The kindness of strangers helped him get by.

Charitable Acts

Subsequently, Steve Harvey and his wife, Marjorie, did something very unusual for wealthy and influential celebrities. You will want to know.

How Did He Use His Money

The pair established their very own charitable foundation. The generous organization’s website contains a statement of intent. It reads, “The mission of The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation is to ensure that the needs of the whole child are met through the development of programs and support of community-based organizations that foster excellence in the areas of health, education and social well-being within urban and ethnically diverse communities.”

On The Streets

Harvey is also a man of great faith. He is a devout and practicing Christian, who credits the generosity of God with helping him get off the streets. One day, while the comedian was washing in a public bathroom, he began to pray. “I told God if he let me make it, when I got there I’d tell everybody how I did it,” Harvey told Christian current affairs website The Gospel Herald in 2015.

Needing To Do Something Meaningful

Since Harvey knows how hard it is to be down and out, the successful media mogul  has also spoken out about wanting to do world-changing things with his wealth and public platform. “I’ve just gotten to a place where it’s got to be more than jokes,” he told The New York Times in 2010.

May Sound Corny

He added, “I know it sounds corny, but I’m starting really to think about my life in terms of ‘What are they going to say about me?’… The sense of wanting to do something meaningful is upon me now.”

Setting An Example

Harvey’s video about the dying man has since gone viral, with more than three million views from people around the world. In the comments below the clip, many viewers have expressed their awe at Steve’s incredible act of charity and compassion. One post read, “What an amazing gesture of kindness and love. Thank you, Steve Harvey for setting an example for all of us. God bless this man and his family.”

Kindness Of Strangers

It is a tragic fact, however, that too many people diagnosed with terminal illnesses in the U.S. often have to rely on the kindness of strangers. For Americans who don’t have health insurance, every day can be a source of anxiety – and a medical emergency can cause financial ruin.

Seeking Help

In recent years, people who can’t afford to seek the treatment they need have turned to crowd-funding websites such as GoFundMe to struggle through their ordeals. In 2015 a study by the personal finance website NerdWallet found that $930 million of the $2 billion that has passed through GoFundMe since its inception was related to medical illnesses.

Worrying Facts

The NerdWallet report also devastatingly discovered that only one in ten of these campaigns managed to hit their promoted financial targets. The unnamed Family Feud contestant was incredibly fortunate to receive such a large amount from the multi-millionaire. What has become of the man?

Triumph Lost

Some interested commenters also asked if the clip of the man winning his $20,000 was available anywhere online. In order to protect this man and his family, the video clip has been wiped from the internet. Despite this fact, the moment will forever be remembered by this man’s family and the great Steve Harvey himself.