Kevin Hart Obliterates Katt Williams In Defense Of Tiffany Haddish (Video)
Earlier this month, stand-up comedian and actor Katt Williams publicly criticized several comic peers that are currently in the spotlight. This list included Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Hannibal Buress, Jerrod Carmichael, and Lil Rel. The 47-year-old whose film career launched after Friday After Next appeared on Frank and Wanda Morning Show on Atlanta’s V103 radio station on September 14 (video embedded below).
While on the show, Williams made remarks such as “They gon’ let you do your special, Jerrod Carmichael, but nobody’s gon’ watch it. They gon’ let you be a star, Lil Rel, but you ugly…and white people don’t believe in ugly stars. They think you have to be somebody that women want to sleep with and men want to be,” proclaimed the Cincinnati, Ohio native. “But because we’re Black, they say ‘you don’t even deserve that,’ so you get Kevin Hart, Lil Rel, Jerrod Carmichael, Hannibal Buress…dudes that no women would talk to in Lennox Mall. You’re making them movie stars? Why? Because you know ain’t nobody gon’ sleep with them.” Katt continued, “You only got Tiffany Haddish, [who has] been doing comedy since she was 16. You can’t tell me your favorite Tiffany Haddish joke. Why? Because she hasn’t done a tour yet. She hasn’t done a special. She has not proven the ability to tell jokes back-to-back for an hour to nobody.” Williams went on to criticize Haddish being cast in Girls Trip, instead of a comedian like Monique. He charged that the writing in the script, which he says he first read in 2004, would have made it possible for anybody to thrive in that role of “Dina.”
After radio host, Wanda Smith, replied that Tiffany Haddish’s success and connection with audiences comes from the fact that “they like Tiffany Haddish because she’s real.” Katt responded, “Is that what they like? Because everybody’s real then? Do you have a real co-worker, do you have a ratchet friend? Do you have a sister, a cousin, a nephew, a niece, is they so ghetto? When did that become marketable? Knock it off. They like [Tiffany Haddish] because she wants to sleep with a white man.”
Backstage at the Primetime Emmys a few days later, Katt Williams crossed paths with Haddish. An Instagram photo posted by Tiffany showed the elder comedian kneeling before the 38-year-old Tiffany, one of the night’s winners (“Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series” for her SNL appearance). In a gesture of apology, things seemed smoothed over.
However, Kevin Hart had not responded to Katt. This week, he appeared with Tiffany Haddish, who co-stars with him in the upcoming Night School film, on The Breakfast Club. At 5:30, a conversation about equal pay across genders shifts as Hart addresses stars in any field embracing new talent and embracing them with opportunities. Kevin Hart checks Katt Williams on behalf of himself, but more so his co-star. “Here is my frustration; I’m gonna tell you what’s been on my mind, what’s been on my heart, heavy,” he starts. “I want to ask Black people what we want. What do we want? We complain that people of color weren’t getting opportunities in Hollywood. We were getting ignored for the Oscars, for the Emmys. It was a big thing. After that big thing, people of color got recognized for their hard work, for their efforts, and won awards. People of color also won Emmys. People of color are now being given opportunities to star, to lead in various projects…when the people of color get these opportunities, why are [other people of color] tearing the ones getting the opportunities down? My frustration is, you don’t realize that when I preach about the crabs in the barrel mentality that eventually we have to take responsibility for our actions. So if I look at people that share my craft—I’m gonna bring up the people that Katt Williams named: Lil Rel, Jerrod Carmichael, Hannibal Buress, myself, Tiffany Haddish.” Hart then lists the accolades of each comedian.
Then he gets to himself. “Me: Kevin Hart, the guy that sits on top right now, have taken advantage of all the money that I have…I’ve shot over 56 specials for the up-and-coming generation of comedy. Why? Because I’m trying to create opportunities for others. So rather than complain about it, I’m fixing it. I’m putting my money where my mouth is. I also take full responsibility for any-and-everything that I’ve done in the f*ckin’ business, good or bad. 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? You had the shot! You were the guy! You were set up to be the star! You didn’t show up to work! You f*cked off promo shoots! You f*cked off your promo trips that they had f*ckin’ set up for you! You became a risk to the studios which is why the studios stopped f*ckin’ with you.”
Charlamagne Tha God asks why Katt Williams became a risk. “He chose drugs,” Hart responds. “So when you say Tiffany Haddish ‘doesn’t deserve’ or ‘isn’t really a comedian,’ and these other women have worked hard—which they have. Shouts out to Melanie Comarcho, shouts out to Luenelle, shouts out to Leslie Jones, who are all underneath the umbrella of Katt Williams. Katt Williams, have you ever used your platform to f*ckin’ bring the people under you up? You haven’t! So because you haven’t, don’t sh*t on those that now are! I’ve used my platform, and I’ve brought my guys and girls up! The brand of Kevin Hart is a brand that’s expanded so f*ckin’ far whether you like me or not, my presence in comedy will be forever felt, ’cause I’m a f*ckin’ boss. I sit on top of it, and the opportunities I’m giving are the ones I’m creating. So take responsibility for what you did; you f*cked you! Nobody else did. You don’t hear Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, The Kings Of Comedy, [Jerry] Seinfeld; you don’t hear George Lopez, Eddie Griffin, Steve Martin, Martin Short [complain] about the people that are coming under them. The reason why is because they’re happy with themselves. Don’t blame everybody else for your sh*t.”
He continues, “This sh*t is earned; it’s not given. I don’t give a f*ck if you’re a Tiffany Haddish fan or not; it’s earned! Tiffany Haddish got years in the game. It’s not an accident that Tiffany Haddish got an opportunity to star in a movie. It’s not an accident that that character popped in the movie. Written or not written, a character has to pop it.”
Angela Yee asks Tiffany about the incident earlier this month. “I still am a fan of [Katt Williams]; I think he’s hilarious.” Asked her initial reaction following the ATL radio interview, Tiffany replies, “I was like, ‘Damn, what did I do to him? Did I f*ck his man?’,” prompting The Breakfast Club studio to erupt in laughter. Tiffany jokes that she often assumes she has somehow wronged her haters in some similar fashion. “Then I realized I never did nothing to that man. Then, when I started really listening to it, I was like, ‘Oh, he got his facts wrong. He’s obviously not paying attention to me, and somebody must have been complaining to him about me or whatever.'” She confirms that Williams apologized.
Kevin Hart jumps in to confront Williams further. “Somebody kicked my sister’s ball over the fence; I want it back! It doesn’t matter what he said. It doesn’t matter what the apology was. It’s not about the apology; I want to get this very clear: Katt Williams is an amazing, talented comedian, which is why I’m so frustrated. I sit from f*cking afar, and I admire the man’s talent. I don’t like that you said anything negative about a woman of color that’s getting her shot! Say it to me! Say it to me; I’ll take it all! Hate me! Listen, I have sat back. I have forever been the humble guy. I have time to not be humble today. I have time to fact-check everything he said,” Hart states. He goes on to point to Forbes lists and tour data to own his place at the top. Meanwhile, as Katt brought up “the white man” in his ATL interview, Hart says that most of Williams’ specials are owned by major companies. Haddish later says that her opportunities in Hollywood and comedy have exclusively come from Black peers and executives, and other people of color. She also asserts that she has two comedy specials under her belt, which Williams said did not exist.
Hart steps in. “I’m coming to get my sister’s ball that you kicked over the fence! I’m also saying this because you attacked innocent people.” Hart adds that he loves Katt Williams’ proteges, but he would never criticize them publicly. Hart mentions Mike Epps too, and says that like Williams, those that diss him, refuse to accept their “f*ck-up’s.”
As the conversation moves to focus on Night School, Hart finishes his message to Katt Williams: “Don’t kick my sister’s ball over the fence no more!” He adds, “I’m upset because I know this girl’s story! Y’all don’t understand where my frustration comes from; [she was] homeless! F*ck the joke of the money that I gave her, I’m talking about a real grind! Homeless. No bed. Backseat. Washing your ass in bathroom sinks. And now [she is] finally getting millions for a movie and now we want to go ‘you ain’t this’ and ‘you ain’t that’? Get the f*ck outta here, man. Applaud her first.”
Kevin Hart encourages Katt Williams to bounce back and use his second chance. He discusses his Laugh Out Loud app. Meanwhile, Tiffany Haddish describes her upbringing as a foster child and its emotional impact on her.
#BonusBeat: Katt Williams on V103 earlier this month: