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Kevin Hart responds to Katt Williams’ ‘Club Shay Shay’ criticism

‘If that’s what he fuels himself off, God bless him,’ Hart says
Kevin Hart (Photo credit: Bang Media)

Keven Hart is speaking his mind on some of the criticism levied at him by Katt Williams in his now infamous appearance on Shannon Sharpe’s “Club Shay Shay” podcast.

In a recent interview for the spring 2024 men’s fashion issue of WSJ Magazine, Hart was asked about Williams, who recently set social media on fire with his direct verbal assault on a number of comedians including Hart, who he accuses of being an industry plant and gatekeeper.

“It’s just that. It’s entertainment,” Hart said when quizzed on his thoughts about Williams’ remarks on his role choices. “If that’s what he fuels himself off, God bless him. Good for him. I hope he gets all that he needs and he wants, and I’m here cheering for him from afar.”

“That’s my real energy. I really mean it,” Hart added emphatically. “That’s how happy and secure I am with my career and my life.”

While on Sharpe’s podcast, one of Williams’ most inflammatory claims was that a lot of Hart’s roles are ones that he was offered first.

“For a five-year period, every single movie that Kevin Hart did was a movie that had been on my desk that all I had said was ‘Just can we take some of this Stepin Fetchit s— out and then I can do it?’,” Williams told Sharpe.

Williams suggested that he lost roles to Hart after asking for script rewrites to do away with stuff he thought played into negative stereotypes of black people.

“And me saying that and them going ‘oh yeah, no problem’ and then going to give it to this other guy and having him do it just like it was and acting like I’m a bad person because I keep standing on my standards,” continued Williams. “It’s interesting, but I wouldn’t change it for the world – again, I’m on the winning side of these decisions.”

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