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There’s a lot of excitement over the premiere of Kevin Hart’s new BET series, Real Husbands Of Hollywood. Speaking with, the comedian talks about the show – how it came to fruition, how it secured big-name talent – and how his increasingly busy career affects his personal life.

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ESSENCE.COM: Real Husbands of Hollywood started as a skit on the BET Awards. How did it to become an actual show?

Kevin Hart: After we did the sketch [BET] received emails and tweets of people asking, “Was it real? Is this going to be a series?” People were just in love with the overall idea of it. At the time I didn’t feel like it could be a show because, as I said, it was just a sketch, and after a while that sketch is eventually gonna get old, you know? But I discussed it with my writing partners and we said, “You know, we probably could pull it off. We would have to make this a fake reality show.”

ESSENCE.COM: So how did the cast come together?

Hart: They’re all friends of mine and I called in favors. Everybody is so different as a person, so we can dip into everybody’s lives and make fun of so many different things, from Boris being the good looking guy; Nelly with the rap; Robin with the singing and the Black wife; Nick with Mariah; me, small but overcompensating with money; J.B. and the speech impediment but working; and like literally, everybody has moments where we can go and anybody can become a story.

ESSENCE.COM: You’ve been able to bring in a lot of big stars like Jay Leno and Ed O’Neil to be on the show. How did you guys manage to do that?

Hart: Well, it’s often the relationships that I have. I’m good friends with Jay Leno, good friends with Ed O’Neill, Melanie Fiona, and Russell Simmons.

ESSENCE.COM: You’re so busy, how you managing your personal life?

Hart: I don’t know. I don’t have time to go to the bathroom if I wanted to! [Laughs] My tour just ended on New Year’s Eve, so, right now that freed up a little bit of time for me. But I am about to start filming a movie in New Orleans, and in between I’ll be coming back home and being a dad.

ESSENCE.COM: So how does life feel right now for you?

Hart: It’s amazing. It’s great to be in demand, but I don’t sit and dwell in it, or roll over and say, “Oh my God! I’m getting big! It’s getting crazy! Look at me.” I think you get content that way. There’s so much more that I want to do. There’s so much more that I have to do. It’s a great feeling, but what happens after that great feeling’s over, you need more great feelings. I don’t want this feeling to stop, so I got to be focused.

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ALSO check out the recap from last night RHOH Episode 1:

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