Steve Harvey Shaves His Head, Loses Weight To Prove He's `Still Fly'

Published: Jan. 18, 2008 at 7:22 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2008 at 7:28 PM EST
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NEW YORK (AP) - Steve Harvey wants men to know: "At 50, you are still fly."

And to prove it, he shaved his head and began exercising.

In an interview in Jet magazine, the actor-comedian says he began his transformation after talking to a listener on his radio program, "The Steve Harvey Morning Show."

"The girl said to me, `Steve, you're 50 and you are over the hill,"' Harvey recalls. "I started thinking, `Wow, I am over the hill?' I said `OK, I got to do something to stop this line of thinking. Because at 50, I should not be thought of as over the hill. At 50, a man ought to feel that he is on top of the hill."'

He hired a personal trainer and now works out five days a week at his Atlanta home.

"I had a potbelly and love handles," says Harvey, who's lost 13 pounds. "I've been telling people you can be 50 and fly, but when I took my clothes off, I wasn't looking fly."

Harvey, who celebrated his 51st birthday Thursday, defines "fly" as looking great, but also being healthy and spiritually strong.

"Shaving my head was more of a spiritual thing for me. I wanted to be free," he says.

Harvey starred with Bernie Mac and Cedric the Entertainer in 2000's "The Original Kings of Comedy."

He shows off his new look on the cover of Jet's Jan. 28 issue, on newsstands Monday.