Steve Harvey With Weed-Smoking, Gambling Grandma: ‘Greatest Moment I’ve Ever Had on TV’

Kylie Mar
Host & Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

Steve Harvey had an 83-year-old grandmother named Maria on Little Big Shots: Forever Young Wednesday night. Maria is the namesake of the Los Angeles restaurant chain Maria’s Italian Kitchen. And she may just be the coolest grandmother ever. “I always think I’m 18 years old. I just feel that way. The key to life is to have spice in your life,” said Maria. “And you got to have some sausage or meatballs. A little pot won’t hurt, either.”

When Maria took the stage, Harvey asked her what she does in Palm Springs and, with a chuckle, she responded, “You really want to know? I’m naughty. I go to the casino and I gamble. The penny machines! When I can’t get the right hit that I’m looking for, I keep saying, ‘Mother Fletcher. Mother Fletcher. Mother Fletcher!” It was at that moment Harvey proclaimed to Maria, “This is the greatest moment I’ve ever had on TV!”

Maria was actually on the show to talk about her business, which started in 1975 and has now expanded to nine locations around Los Angeles. Of course, Harvey couldn’t help but ask her about something a little more fun: her pot-smoking habits. “Oh yeah, it smells like oregano,” said Maria, which prompted Harvey to share one of his past businesses — selling “oregano.”

Little Big Shots: Forever Young airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC. Watch clips and full episodes of Little Big Shots: Forever Young  free on Yahoo View.

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