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Forget the celebs! Steve Harvey wants real people for his new show

He's already made his mark as an actor, comedian, radio star, game show host and author, but Steve Harvey hasn't finished proving himself as an entertainer. With a new self-titled daytime talk show in the works, Harvey hopes to show the competition how it's done.

"There's a lot going on right now. There's a lot of people launching shows and stuff," he explained to TODAY's Savannah Guthrie on Wednesday morning. "But there's only one Steve Harvey."

And what does he have that makes him stand out from the rest of the daytime talkers?

"I've got me -- 6'2", 230 pounds," Harvey explained. "I smile harder than anybody on TV, and I'm funnier."

But he plans to rely on more than just his charismatic presence to make "Steve Harvey" a hit. After all, a talk show is really about the guests, and that's where Harvey wants to break away from the rest of the daytime pack by turning his back on the usual celebrity visitors. He wants "real" people.

"I want to talk to everyday people," he said. "They're the most interesting people. Plus, they show up, and you don't have to put pink M&Ms in their dressing room and black roses and stuff like that.... And regular people are interesting and more relatable, and that's what I'm interested in. I want you to be able to tune in and laugh about it. Everything's not life or death. We can laugh at some of this stuff."

"Steve Harvey" premieres Sept. 4. Check your local listings for the time and channel.

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