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Jerry Seinfeld is confident Kevin Hart will be “fine” after the actor stepped down from hosting the 2019 Academy Awards.
In a PEOPLE exclusive clip, the 64-year-old comedian sat down with Willie Geist where he spoke about Hart, 39, in Sunday’s upcoming episode of Sunday Today with Willie Geist.
Kevin - Position - Comedian - Kind - Decide
“Kevin is in a position, because he’s a brilliant comedian, to kind of decide what he wants to do,” Seinfeld said. “He doesn’t have to step down, but he can. And when you look at that situation, well who got screwed in that deal?”
He continued, “I think Kevin’s going to be fine, you know. But finding another Kevin Hart, that’s not so easy. He’s a brilliant guy with a movie career.”
Seinfeld - Career - Comedy - Decades - Landscape
Seinfeld, whose career in comedy has spanned over four decades, said the landscape for comedians has changed since he was a newcomer.
“Most of the time, comedians we are expected to be the most agile in terms of how we think and construct our thoughts and what comes out of our mouth,” he shared. “When I started out, there were dirty comedians. ‘Well, if you wanted to get on the night show or if you want to get on TV, you can’t use any of those words. All those words are out.’”
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