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Steve Harvey breakdown: Comedian gets emotional over birthday wish [VIDEO]

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   Jan. 23, 2013 at 10:45 AM   |   Comments

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Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Family Feud host and comedian Steve Harvey got a sweet surprise during the taping of his birthday special this week, getting emotional on camera when he got an unexpected call from an old friend.

When producers opened up a call from Rich Liss, who wished Harvey a happy 56th birthday, the host turned away from the camera, obviously touched.

"This is Rich Liss from Orlando, Fla.," Liss said. "Do you still love me baby?"

Harvey took a few moments to gather himself. "Hey man," he said. "I love you."

Liss and his wife Becky helped get Harvey on his feet back when he was a struggling comedian, running a carpet cleaning business.

"I was struggling," Harvey said. "I didn't have nothing. And these people took me in."

Harvey first found success as the host of Showtime at the Apollo, later getting his own The Steve Harvey Show and later taking on the Family Feud role.

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