Comedian Steve Harvey is speaking out about the reaction over his meeting with President-elect Donald Trump Friday.
On his radio show Monday, he addressed the controversy of his meeting with the real estate tycoon inside Trump Tower. He was also mocked on Saturday Night Live.
"A lot of y'all hurt me. I didn't expect the backlash to be so fierce," Harvey said. "But I also understand that if I’m going to keep getting stabbed at, then at least while you're stabbing me, you should understand my intent for even taking the meeting in the first place. I'm from the hood. I've been trying to do my part for years for boys and girls."
Harvey's wife, Marjorie, came to his defense.
"Doing the right thing sometimes isn't popular.....but it's okay," she wrote on Instagram. "You always make me proud!"
Aside from the criticism, Harvey said on his radio show Monday that he found the meeting to be productive.
"When I walked away, [I felt] there might be a real chance for some positive to come out of what many feel is doom and gloom," he said.