MTV VMAs: Kevin Hart jokes he was bullied to host sans pay [Video]
Hart, best known perhaps for his stand-up specials, introduced the show and showed up in a number of vignettes throughout the rest of the telecast.
Backstage, the 30-year-old joked that the network had "basically bullied [him] into semi-hosting without paying me."
"Which is cool," he deadpanned. "It's probably the most racist thing I've ever seen in my life."
After the joking ceased, Hart explained that MTV had originally asked him to present the best new artist award and "set the tone" for the show, which he felt ultimately "came across very well."
As for other highlights of the gig? He got to get up close and personal with Beyonce's baby bump.
"It was in my face. I almost touched it. I didn't want to get tackled by security, so I didn't, but I definitely could have touched it," he kidded. "And then she posed. It hurt me a little bit, because I thought there was a future. But obviously not. She and Jay-Z are serious."
— Amy Kaufman
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