Kevin Hart and his fellow “Real Husbands of Hollywood” cast members kept the conversation real Tuesday evening at the Paley Center for Media while discussing the upcoming season of the BET show that has been dubbed “the fakest reality show.”
The show, which premiered its third season on Tuesday, is a spoof of the current reality show format “Real Housewives.” It was created by Hart and Chris Spencer, and all the cast members play parodies of themselves. Hart was joined on the panel by co-stars Boris Kodjoe, Duane Martin, Nelly and Cynthia Kaye McWilliams as well as showrunner Ralph Farquhar.
Hart, who has received a lot of exposure from his hit films like “Think Like A Man Too” and the upcoming film “The Wedding Ringer,” said the show has always been a group effort.
“It’s not just about me coming on and being funny,” the comedian said. “Everyone brings a different piece to the puzzle.”
Many of the cast members described the show’s chemistry by using cultural references, just as they do in the parody.
“I feel like we’re the Miami Heat of TV,” Martin told Variety. “All of these stars came together to start on a new team. We’re here because we want to be here and we lend our talents to one another.”
Farquhar said the show is mostly scripted, noting that the ratio of scripted to non-scripted scenes was about 80 to 20 percent. The show prides itself on the volume of self-deprecating humor that the cast and guest stars can display in an episode. Farquhar said in the writer’s room nothing is off-limits, including the recent real life storyline of cast member Nick Cannon and his wife Mariah Carey’s separation.
Farquhar told Variety that the show’s writers are going to insert that storyline into this season, “We’re going to play with Nick’s life as a single man.”
Hart’s real life fame will also be explored in the upcoming season. Yet his cast members and BET execs say Hart’s increasing fame has not affected his presence on the set — or the jokes that will be aimed at him.
“We got the hottest guy in showbiz right now at the heart of our show,” Farquhar told Variety. “We play with it. His star has risen but he still gets no respect. He’s the same old Kevin to us.”
On the panel, Hart said he’s looking forward to taking the show to a new level and upping the antics.
“Right now I think we’re at the point where we can’t stop and it can only get bigger,” Hart said. But I think where we’re going and embellishing on our careers and lives puts us in a position to do more.”
Also in attendance were BET’s Debra Lee and Stephen G. Hill.
(Pictured: Duane Martin, Nelly, Boris Kodjoe, Kevin Hart and Cynthia Kaye McWilliams talk “Real Husbands of Hollywood” at the Paley Center)