Kevin Hart Named 2nd Highest-Paid Comedian Despite Oscars Backlash
Kevin Hart has been named the second highest paid comedian of 2018.
The outspoken and often brash comedian, 39, was given the title by Forbes Magazine Wednesday afternoon in the publication’s World’s Highest-Paid Comedians of 2018 list, published annually. (RELATED: With Kevin Hart Out, The Search For A New Oscars Host Is On. Here’s How Much They’ll Get Paid)
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Hart was eked out only by world-famous comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who has enjoyed relative comedic dominance since the early 1980s.
Hart’s latest accolade comes just weeks after he was removed as the host of the upcoming 2019 Academy Awards after a string of insensitive and homographic tweets from the early 2000s were unearthed.
“Yo, if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay [sic],'” Hart wrote in one tweet, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Hart has since apologized, and even Jerry Seinfeld himself defended his colleague in part.
“He doesn’t have to step down. But he can. And when you look at that situation, well, who got screwed in that deal? I think Kevin’s gonna be fine, you know, but find another Kevin Hart: That’s not so easy.”