Kevin Hart Opens Up On Why He Won’t Trash Trump

Comedian Kevin Hart has told the Daily Beast why he won’t trash the President. 

“The way that I see it, my job as a comedian is to spread positivity. To make people laugh,” Hart said in the interview. “And I don’t want to draw attention to what’s already pissing us as a people off.”

Hart claims that avoiding politically charged comedy prevents him from alienating a portion of his audience, something that shows like Saturday Night Live needs to embrace.

“When you jump into that political realm you’re alienating some of your audience,” the comedian said in May.

Hart explained he would rather be “a bright spot” for people instead of using politics to get cheap laughs.

“I want to take your mind off of whatever may be going on in your life that could be wrong and give you a reason to say, you know what? It’s going to be OK. That’s being the positive, motivating, inspiring person that I am, that I always will be,” Hart explains.

“Everybody’s not going to see things the way I want to see them. And they shouldn’t,” he said. “That’s what makes us individuals. In that particular realm, I keep my opinions to myself. And like I said, if I don’t have anything nice to say, I shouldn’t say it at all. I’m not in the business of trashing people.”

Hart’s idea seems to be working for him as he recently became Forbes’ highest-paid comedian gaining $87.5 million in 2016.

Hart has launched Laugh Out Loud, a new “24/7 comedy” streaming service in which he partnered up with Lionsgate Entertainment to bring to life.

“He is not an individual, he is an organization. He is a force of nature,” Jon Feltheimer, Lionsgate CEO, said of the comedy icon.

“I want them to say, oh my god, the opportunities are large at Laugh Out Loud, because of what Kevin Hart is trying to do,” said Hart as he detailed his wish that he wants the venture to be an “artist-friendly” destination for “new and hungry” comedians. “He is a comedian’s comedian. And being that he is, he’s looking out for us and doing something in a way that nobody else has.”



The Daily Beast




  1. Steve O

    August 11, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Kevin Hart knows that a big part of that $87 million came from Trump supporters, and a big part of it came from those who despise Trump. If you’re pulling in $8,700 a year in earnings then you can afford to cut your target market in half in order to please one side over the other .

  2. OHk

    August 11, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    What a smart man.

  3. Heywood Jablowme

    August 11, 2017 at 1:40 pm


  4. One-Eye

    August 11, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    He’s no dummy. He sees the damage other entertainers are doing ot their careers by spouting off their ill-informed liberal tripe.

  5. Sharon Dula

    August 11, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    He really is a very good comedian. It’s nice to know that some people can keep work and personal thoughts separate. I like Steve Harvey for the same reason. It doesn’t hurt that they are both handsome.

  6. Tony

    August 11, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I have said this many times over the years, Entertainers need to entertain or “Make with the Ha ha” and to see Kevin Hart take a stand on this is without espousing personal political opinions often from a place of insulated privilege.
    The guy is obviously smart as hell and with such fine examples as Schumer, LeBouef and Clooney to sadly name but a few I hope this is a trend that catches on.
    Im not holding my breath though.

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  7. #OffThePlantation

    August 11, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Smart man.

  8. Gene C Clark

    August 12, 2017 at 12:54 am

    He is 100% correct, smart man.

  9. megajess

    August 12, 2017 at 7:04 am

    This man gets it. I have so missed watching comedians. I miss guys like Steve Martin. I’m going to look Kevin Hart up.

  10. bookish1

    August 12, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Kevin Hart is not only hilarious — he’s very wise.

  11. True.Epic.Crusader

    August 12, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Trump-bashing is what you do when you basically have nothing good to say, and just want people to pat you on the back and tell you how much of an angel you are.
    They aren’t funny, edgy, and take it takes no balls whatsoever to make them. The true daring heroes are those who come out FOR Trump.

  12. Adrian Valle

    August 13, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Kevin Hart, best comedian out there.

  13. Jim

    September 7, 2017 at 7:02 am

    And this may be why Kevin Hart is the highest earning comedian in the country.

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