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Kevin Hart added to Emmy ballot for SNL, may have submitted himself

The voting period for the 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards officially opened Monday, and there are now nine choices for Best Comedy Guest Actor.

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Kevin Hart joins Universal Television’s initial submission of eight guest “Saturday Night Live” actors: Fred Armisen, Chadwick Boseman, Robert De Niro, Will Ferrell, Donald Glover, Bill Hader and John Mulaney.

And according to GoldDerby.com, the comic actor who has filmed numerous films in Atlanta, may have submitted himself.

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“How can you tell? Except for De Niro, who played Robert Mueller but did not host last season, all of the other contenders’ headshots are their bumper photos from their hosting stints with the show’s trademark striking colored backgrounds; Hart’s is a dark headshot against a black background. The episode descriptions for the other eight are also far more in-depth and specific about the sketches, while Hart’s description merely says, “Kevin performs a comedy bit as his monologue, along with live sketches and a pre-taped viral video,” the awards and entertainment news site wrote.

Hart made his third SNL appearance on Saturday, Dec. 16, a performance criticized as being tone-deaf and “sexist.”

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“Given recent problematic specifics of Kevin Hart’s personal life, this would not have been the monologue direction I’d have taken. #SNL,” TV critic Daniel Fienberg said last year, referring to the cheating scandal Hart was previously involved in.

If Hart did submit himself for the SNL category, he wouldn’t be the first star to do so. Both Ariana Grande and Tiffany Haddish have submitted their own names for the Emmy Awards.

There are 117 comedy series in the running this year, up from 104 in 2017 and 96 in 2016.

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The Academy will have until Monday, June 25 to make their selections. Nominees will be announced on July 12

Voting members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will have until June 25 to make their selections for this year’s nominees, which will be announced July 12.

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held on Monday, Sept. 17 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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