*Premiering this Sunday (Sept. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT) on BET, “Conversations with Ed Gordon” marks the return of the veteran journalist’s signature half-hour, one-on-one series to the network.

Gordon will conduct an emotional and in-depth interview with comedian, radio jock and “Family Feud” host Steve Harvey, who speaks candidly about his life, love and marriage.

Harvey talks about nearly quitting show business, dealing with internet “haters” and facing an unresolved feud with fellow comedian Bernie Mac after Mac’s surprising death.

During “Conversations with Ed Gordon,” Harvey is overcome with emotion as he talks about the tremendously successful year (“God’s favor”) he’s experienced and what his wife’s love means to him. Here are some excerpts from Sunday’s premiere:


Why he works so hard to stay successful: “I don’t want people to see me fall. I mean, I got enough people cheering for me to fall now… The Internet has created some amazing place for evil to exist, you dig? I don’t want to not be to my kids what they see now, ‘cause I don’t want them to feel differently about me.”

The surprising success of his best-selling book: “That was just a favor (from God.) I ain’t no author, man…my writing skills are not of New York Times best-seller quality, trust and believe it ain’t. My vocabulary ain’t. But, He put some thoughts in my head and gave me enough sense to hire this girl (writer) to put my thoughts on paper. And I just did a book. I had no notion, no possible clue that it would do what it did.”

His state of mind before his current wife entered his life: “She literally saved my life. My life was really a mess. I was a mess man. I was not in the right frame of mind, I was in a horrible mental state, I wasn’t happy, I was in a real dark space. People see me laughing and telling jokes but they had no idea after the show was over, I had no joy in my life, in my heart.”