- The Washington Times - Friday, September 21, 2018

Kevin Hart delivered a rant Friday criticizing Katt Williams, saying Mr. Williams should stop blaming Hollywood and “the white man” for his failures and start working to elevate other black comedians.

The rant was in response to Mr. Williams‘ criticism this week of the co-star of Mr. Hart’s new comedy “Night School,” Tiffany Haddish. Mr. Williams, who just won his first Emmy for his guest role on “Atlanta,” said Ms. Haddish didn’t deserve her burgeoning success after it was announced she snagged a stand-up comedy special on Netflix.

People only like Ms. Haddish “because she wants to sleep with a white man,” Mr. Williams said, referencing the comedian’s admitted crush on actor Brad Pitt. He also claimed that successful black comics are typically unattractive, using Mr. Hart and Lil Rel as examples.

“They gonna let you be a star, Lil Rel, but you ugly, and white people don’t believe in ugly stars,” Mr. Williams said. “They think you have to be somebody that women want to sleep with and men want to be. But because we black they say ‘you don’t even deserve that, so you get Kevin Hart, Lil Rel, Jerrod Carmichael, all in a row, Hannibal Buress — dudes that no women would talk to in Lennox Mall, let alone, you’re making them movie stars? Why? Because you know ain’t nobody gonna sleep with them. You only got Tiffany Haddish. She’s been doing comedy since she was 16. You can’t tell me your favorite Tiffany Haddish joke. Why? Because she ain’t done a tour yet.”

Mr. Williams later apologized for the comments and appeared to bury the hatchet with Ms. Haddish after appearing in several photos with her backstage at the Emmy’s, but that didn’t stop Mr. Hart from adding his two cents.

The “Night School” star appeared alongside Ms. Haddish on “The Breakfast Club” radio program Friday, saying Mr. Williams, who has been arrested a dozen times since 2006, chose drugs over comedy and had no one to blame for his own shortcomings except himself.

“My frustration with Katt Williams comes from, you keep pointing at Hollywood, ‘Hollywood this, the white man, this, this, and this,’ when do you take responsibility for your actions?” Mr. Hart asked.

“You had the shot. You were the guy. You were set up to be the star. You didn’t show up to work,” he continued. “Katt Williams, have you ever used your platform to f—king bring the people under you up? You haven’t. So, because you haven’t, don’t s—t on those who now are.”

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