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Steve Harvey’s lookalike – a pastor from Wake Forest – is back on TV

Wake Forest pastor gains fame as Steve Harvey lookalike

Olden Thornton, a Wake Forest pastor who gained fame after his appearance on “Family Feud,” is a guest on the “Steve Harvey” talk show Wednesday.
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Olden Thornton, a Wake Forest pastor who gained fame after his appearance on “Family Feud,” is a guest on the “Steve Harvey” talk show Wednesday.

If you’ve spent much time on Facebook over the past couple of weeks you may have seen the trending video of “Family Feud” host Steve Harvey greeting a handsome, generously mustached contestant who looked an awful lot like him (“a little better looking” version of Harvey, the comedian admitted on “Feud.”).

That man, Olden Thornton, is a full time pastor from Wake Forest. Thornton will appear on Wednesday’s episode of Harvey’s syndicated talk show, “Steve Harvey,” for a brief chat about what it’s like going through life as a Harvey lookalike. Earlier this month on his “Family Feud” appearance, Thornton said he gets compared to Steve Harvey every single day of his life.

Also on Wednesday’s show, a Henderson woman gets surprised with Harvey’s “Game Changing Woman” award, which includes a cash prize of $10,000 from Ford.

Melissa Elliott describes herself as a former “crackhead” who cleaned herself up 22 years ago and started studying criminal justice. Elliott, who is pursuing a PhD, started a nonprofit called Gang Free Inc to help educate and empower young people through programs and services.

In the Triangle, watch “Steve Harvey” at 6 p.m. on Fox 50 (WRAZ).

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