The veteran TV host admits in a new interview with ET’s Kevin Frazier that he sent a tersely worded letter to his staff – one obtained and published by Chicago media writer Robert Feder – berating them for ambushing him on the set of his TV show, Steve Harvey.

The contents of the email were detailed in full in Feder’s blog post Wednesday with the headline “So Long, Steve: Not Everyone’s Sorry to See Harvey Leave Town.” Apparently it was sent ahead of the current season, which wrapped on Thursday, crafted in an attempt to lay out specific rules for how and when to approach Harvey.

“T will be no meetings in my dressing room. No stopping by or popping in. NO ONE. Do not come to my dress room unless invited. Do not open my dressing room door. IF YOU OPEN MY DOOR, EXPECT TO BE REMOVED,” it reads.

“I could not find a way to walk from the stage to my dressing room, to sit in my makeup chair, to walk from my dressing room to the stage or to just sit and have lunch without somebody just walking in,” he continued.

“Look man, I’m in my makeup chair, they walk in the room. I’m having lunch, they walk in, they don’t knock. I’m in the hallway, I’m getting ambushed by people with friends that come to the show and having me sign this and do this. I just said, ‘Wait a minute.’ And in hindsight, I probably should’ve handled it a little bit differently.”

NO ONE. Do not come to my dressing room unless invited.

Steve Harvey