Kevin Hart’s perspective on the dynamics of the relationships between actors and comedians is among the most authoritative available. Hart recently commented that people should stop talking about Will Smith and the “Oscars slap” he allegedly gave to Chris Rock.

Hart sat down with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN, the hosts of Revolt’s Drink Champs, and they asked him who he’d rather rock with, Ice Cube or Will Smith, in a round of Quicktime or Slime.

We need f*g fantastic lights for these dark days. I will not sully my brother’s good name by disrespecting him. They’re my brothers, but I won’t waste my time picking on either of them. In this case, I’m going to have to select Will Smith, and here’s why: “Will Smith is not only a legend, he’s not only a GOAT…” Due to the Oscars slap, Smith is “a thug,” Hart declared before NORE cut him off.

That’s not what I said,” Hart went on. Will Smith normalized the concept of African Americans being linked to international intellectual property. The early success of actors like Will Smith and Denzel Washington encouraged studios to take a chance on casting more actors of color in leading roles. Get the faces that are bringing in the most money anywhere. I refuse to take the easy way out by pretending that Will wasn’t “that man.”

Hart also mentioned that Smith, who has been openly threatening to strike Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards since at least March (when Smith first made the rumor), should be given time to settle things out with Rock.

“Everyone errs occasionally, and when they do, they need to be given time to pick themselves back up. And so we can stop worrying about this now since it’s no longer a global issue,” he concluded. Let Will and Chris handle it; that’s not my concern. Everyone should stop being so silly.

Kevin Hart discussed his film career, his stand-up comedy career, and more during the conversation.

See the complete interview down below. At roughly the two-hour mark, Hart makes his remarks against Smith.

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