*Steve Harvey has capped off his Christmas holiday with a professional highlight.
The comedian/talk show host sat down Friday for a one-on-one interview with President Barack Obama, NBC Washington reports.
Harvey steered clear of politics with Obama in order to focus on family, fatherhood and the politician’s plans for the holidays.
“The greatest moment in that interview for me was he was talking about his grandmother, who he misses so,” Harvey shared with NBC Washington. “She passed in her eighties and my mom passed in her eighties.”
Harvey’s interview with Obama comes as the syndicated radio show host is riding a wave of success with four-week ratings high for his self-titled daytime talk show. According to reports, the series has upwards of 2.5 million daily viewers.
“Sitting down with the President is something I’ve always dreamt of doing, and I am honored to have the opportunity,” stated Harvey in a press release. “I’m grateful to President Obama for welcoming me and I’m thrilled to share this experience with all my viewers.
Harvey also weighed in on Mr. Obama’s so-called “funeral selfie” – a reference to the photo President Obama took with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during Tuesday’s memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa.
The photo, criticized by some for injecting inappropriate levity into a memorial service, was “perfectly fine,” Harvey said.
“So what?” he asked. “It was a celebration of life. Mandela, you know, it wasn’t like what happened to Martin Luther King, he was taken from us at an early age. Mandela lived. It was a celebration of life. People want to be seen with the president.”
Steve Harvey’s interview with President Obama will air Dec. 20 on his “Steve Harvey” talk show.