On November 14th in 2001, the Bernie Mac Show aired on Fox and furthered the bond Bernie Mac had with the people of Chicago. Already an up and coming favorite, Bernie Mac landed a spot on The Original Kings of Comedy Tour(and later, show)in 2000 and presented us with a whole new perspective on not just his talents’, but the comedic genius of Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, and D.L. Hughley alike.

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Bernie became a fan favorite on the tour and planted the seeds for The Bernie Mac Show. From there,he built a bernie-mac-shoplatform that allowed the world to see the Bernie, uncensored, and enjoy his comedic talents; while also portraying the real aspects of being a guardian to 3 kids and raising a family. The show was a huge success and ran for 5 seasons, ending in 2006, and two years later at age 50, Bernie passed away due to complications from Pneumonia.

Now, 8 years later, we honor this legacy. Steve Harvey gathered friends and co-stars Cedric The Entertainer and D.L Hughley for what was said to be the first time since Bernie’s funeral, and dedicated yesterdays episode of the Steve Harvey Show to honoring their friend Bernie Mac. On the show, Harvey reads a proclamation from mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, that declares Nov. 14 “Bernie Mac Day” in Chicago. Harvey says, “Bernie was a Chicagoan through and through, which is why the city of Chicago sent this over”, and later urges all Chicagoans to celebrate Bernie’s life by being thankful, “for both our trials and triumphs, and finding the humor, no matter what”.

They were joined by Bernie’s widow, daughter, and granddaughter, along with comedian Mike Epps, who announced that Bernie’s alma mater would rename their auditorium in his honor. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room, as Bernie’s’ family, the audience, and the comedians struggled to hold back tears. Bernie Mac will forever be honored in our hearts and in our laughs. 

Check out a clip from this episode below.

 

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