Steve Harvey Bursts Into Tears During Emotional Birthday Surprise

by Raphael Chestang 5:09 PM PST, January 15, 2015
Playing Steve Harvey Bursts Into Tears During Emotional Birthday Surprise

ET was on the set of The Steve Harvey Show to celebrate the host’s upcoming birthday, who turns 58 on Saturday.

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Known to show his feelings from time to time, fans have never seen Steve Harvey like this. The celebration quickly turned emotional for Steve when he was surprised by his family.

"When I'm done, I want you all to just have remembered that somebody cared more about you than himself," the father of four said to his children. "I will defend your honor until I die. This is the greatest moment I've ever had. I'm very proud to be your father."

"A lot of days I probably didn't think I was going to see 58 or 48," Steve told ET's Nischelle Turner. "There were days where I was feeling shaky about 38, so I feel pretty fortunate. I wake up every day -- for the first 5 to 10 minutes -- saying, 'Thank you.'"

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Steve had even more to be thankful for when he learned that his hometown block in Cleveland, East 112 St., was renamed Steve Harvey Way.

"I learned everything I know about survival on that block," Steve said before bursting into tears.

"If that's not God's grace at work, then tell me what is," he later told Nischelle about the honor.

And the tears continued to flow when Bruce Ayers, the comedy club owner who gave Steve his first headlining gig in at The Stardome in Birmingham, Ala. in 1989.

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"He was the first guy -- him and his wife [Che Che] -- that believed in me," an emotional Steve said.

Even though it was his birthday celebration, Steve still had time to give a little gift to ET's Nischelle Turner, offering to set her up on a date. Watch the video to see Nischelle's reaction.