Jerry Seinfeld isn’t worried about Kevin Hart’s future.
The comedian sat down for an interview with “Today” anchor Willie Geist set to air on “Sunday Today” this weekend.
In a clip from the interview, Geist asks Seinfeld about the controversy surrounding Hart’s old homophobic tweets, prompting him to step down as host of the Oscars only days after his appointment was announced.
“Kevin is in a position, because he’s a brilliant comedian, to kind of decide what he wants to do,” Seinfeld says. “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 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.”
The “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” star also speaks more generally about how comedians have to deal with perceived limits on what they can say.
“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 says. “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.’
“And a lot of us went, ‘Okay. I still want to play, I’ll play.’ So that’s our thing. It’s like Lindsey Vonn: Wherever you put the gates, I’m gonna make them. I’ll make the gates. That’s the gig.”