"I could not find a way to walk from the stage to my dressing room, to sit in my makeup chair, to walk from my dressing room to the stage or to just sit and have lunch without somebody just walking in," he explained. "I've always had a policy where, you know, you can come and talk to me -- so many people are great around here, but some of them just started taking advantage of it."
"Look man, I'm in my makeup chair, they walk in the room. I'm having lunch, they walk in, they don't knock," he continued. "I'm in the hallway, I'm getting ambushed by people with friends that come to the show and having me sign this and do this. I just said, 'Wait a minute.' And in hindsight, I probably should've handled it a little bit differently."
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Steve Harvey arrives at the '6th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards', 9/2/00, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, Ca.
Steve Harvey during 'Original Kings of Comedy' Los Angeles Premiere at Paramount Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
6th February 2000: Headshot of American actor and comedian Steve Harvey at the American Comedy Awards, Shrine Exposition Center, Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chris Bergman/Fotos International/Getty Images)
Steve Harvey won Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Comedy Series and Entertainer of the Year at the 32nd NAACP Image Awards at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, Ca. 3/3/01. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images).
Hosts Steve Harvey and Cedric 'The Entertainer' share a laugh during the 1st Annual BET Awards June 19, 2001 at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
Steve Harvey & Wife during 'The Score' Los Angeles Premiere at Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
395834 03: Comedian Steve Harvey performs at The Comedy Garden October 13, 2001 at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Getty Images)
Co-hosts Steve Harvey and Cedric 'The Entertainer' at the 2nd Annual BET Awards nominations press conference held at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California, May 14, 2002. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
Host Steve Harvey performs during a taping of BET's 2nd Annual Celebration of Gospel on January 26, 2002 at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. The show is scheduled to air at 9PM EST on February 19, 2002 on the BET Network. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
Steve Harvey at the 15th Essence Awards held at the Universal Amphitheatre in Irvine, Ca., May 31, 2002. (photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect/Fox)
Host Steve Harvey during 2003 Essence Awards - Show at The Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for Essence Entertainment)
Steve Harvey presents. during The 17th Annual American Cinematheque Award Honoring Denzel Washington - Show and Backstage at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 23: Comeidan Steve Harvey attends the 3rd Annual Black Entertainement Telelvision Awards, Smirnoff Ice Triple Black Lounge, where Distinctive Assets gave gifts to the artists and celebrites attending the event at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel complex in Hollywood on June 23, 2003 Hollywood, California.(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 7: Actor Steve Harvey speaks at Earth, Wind & Fire's induction into the Hollywood RockWalk of Fame at Guitar Center July 7, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)
Steve Harvey during The Comedy Store Hosts Celebrity Fundraiser for the Heartfelt Foundation - Show at The Comedy Store in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)
Reba McEntire and Steve Harvey (Photo by KMazur/WireImage for The WB Network)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 29: Actor/Comedian Steve Harvey presents on stage at the 2004 Black Entertainment Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on June 29, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Steve Harvey, Lisa Leslie and Magic Johnson during Magic Johnson's 2004 Celebrity and All-Star Game at The Forum in Inglewood, California, United States. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: (L-R) Actor Tracee Ellis Ross and comedian Steve Harvey perform during the rehearsals for the first-ever BET Comedy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center Auditorium on September 27, 2004 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Mo'Nique and Steve Harvey during 6th Annual BET Awards - Backstage and Audience at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 23: Actor Steve Harvey attends a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of J&R Express in Macy's Herald Square on August 23, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Steve Harvey attends Lincoln After Dark at the Contemporary Arts Center on July 4, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Brian McKnight and Steve Harvey attend Lincoln After Dark at the Contemporary Arts Center on July 4, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 17: Actor/comedian Steve Harvey speaks at the launch party for the new Steve Harvey Morning Show at The Conga Room at L.A. Live on August 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage)
ATLANTA - AUGUST 21: Comedians Steve Harvey and Monique attend Carol's Daughter Atlanta store opening charity benefit for the Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN) at Lenox Square Mall on August 21, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 10: Marjorie Harvey and comedian Steve Harvey attend the 2010 Soul Train Awards at the Cobb Energy Center on November 10, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)
(L-R) Comedian Steve Harvey and Marjorie Harvey attend 'The Next R&b Star' Launch Party at Woodruff Arts Center on March 20, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 30: Actress LisaRaye McCoy (2nd-R) star of TV One reality show 'LisaRaye: The Real McCoy' and debuting the new season April 7 and new VH1 series 'Single Ladies' premiering June 6, stands with (L-R) Carla Ferrell, Steve Harvey, Shirley Strawberry and Thomas Miles during a photo opportunity on the set of the Steve Harvey Morning Show on March 30, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. The segment will air on the radio on Wednesday, April 6 at 8:29am and will be televised on The Steve Harvey Project Tuesday, April 12, at 9:00pm on Centric. (Photo by Ben Rose/WireImage for TV One)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Comedian Steve Harvey and Marjorie Harvey attend the 2nd annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala at Cipriani, Wall Street on April 4, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for The Steve Harvey Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Wynton Harvey, Karli Harvey, Morgan Harvey, Marjorie Harvey, comedian Steve Harvey, Lori Harvey, Brandi Harvey and Jason Harvey attend the 2nd annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala at Cipriani, Wall Street on April 4, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for The Steve Harvey Foundation)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Humanitarian Award Recipient Steve Harvey arrives at the BET Awards '11 held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 09: Steve Harvey performs during the 2011 Comedy Gospel Tour at Bridgestone Arena on April 9, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Beth Gwinn/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 13: Host Steve Harvey speaks onstage during the ninth annual Ford Hoodie Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center August 13, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Hoodie Awards)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 11: (L-R) Susan L. Taylor, Steve Harvey and Marjorie Harvey attend The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation Girls Who Rule The World Mid-Year Recap on September 11, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images for Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation)
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 12: Steve Harvey looks on during the game between the Miami Heat and the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 12, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 16: Host Steve Harvey speaks during BET's Celebration of Gospel at the Orpheum Theatre on March 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 03: (L-R) Steve Harvey and wife Marjorie Harvey attend Atlanta Premiere of 'Think Like a Man' at Regal Atlantic Station on April 3, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 617 -- Pictured: (l-r) Steve Harvey, Jimmy Fallon -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: TV personality Steve Harvey and wife Marjorie Harvey attend the 'Think Like a Man' screening at the AMC Empire 25 theater on April 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 04: TV /Radio personality Steve Harvey and wife Marjorie Harvey walk the blue carpet at the 10th Annual Ford Hoodie Awards at MGM Garden Arena on August 4, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 13: Comedian Steve Harvey Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on May 13, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 13: Samuel L. Jackson (L) and Steve Harvey attend the ceremony honoring Steve Harvey with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on May 13, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0016 -- Pictured: (l-r) Steve Harvey during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on March 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Steve Harvey appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
THE STEVE HARVEY SHOW-- Episode 2148 -- Pictured: (l-r) Susan Lucci, Steve Harvey -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE STEVE HARVEY SHOW -- Episode 2146 -- Pictured: Steve Harvey and 'Men of the Strip' dancers -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Thomas Roberts guest co-hosts; Steve Harvey and Marcia Gay Harden are guests today, Monday, March 10, 2014 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) STEVE HARVEY, SHERRI SHEPHERD, WHOOPI GOLDBERG
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 09: Steve Harvey attends the 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards Hosted By Steve Harvey at the Phillips Arena on August 9, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images for Ford Neighborhood Awards)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 09: Steve Harvey and Marjorie Harvey attend the 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards at Philips Arena on August 9, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Charissa Thompson (L) interviews Steve Harvey during his visit to 'Extra' at their New York studios at H&M in Times Square on February 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
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Harvey continued on, telling ET that he sent the email "asking everyone to simply honor and respect" his privacy.
"If you come out your house, you don't want anybody on your porch waiting on you," he said. "You walk to your car, you don't want people bothering you on your way to your car. Everybody wants the freedom to be able to move around."
"I just didn't want to be in this prison anymore where I had to be in this little room, scared to go out and take a breath of fresh air without somebody approaching me, so I wrote the letter," he added. "I don't apologize about the letter, but it's kind of crazy what people who took this thing and ran, man. I appreciate you asking me."
Earlier on Thursday, a source close to production on The Steve Harvey Show told ET that the email that leaked on Robert Feder's media blog was real and was sent to the entire staff. In the message, Harvey was adamant that his co-workers "adhere" to a new set of rules going into the next season of the show, which will now be taped in Los Angeles.