Kevin Hart signs new deal with SiriusXM, rebranded show airs
Satellite radio company SiriusXM announced Wednesday that it has signed Hart and his entertainment company, Hartbeat, to a multi-year deal. Photo: AP

LOS ANGELES, United States (AP) -- Kevin Hart will keep his comedic candour going with SiriusXM. But this time he'll bring along more recognisable figures from outside the comedy realm.

The satellite radio company announced Wednesday that it has signed Hart and his entertainment company, Hartbeat, to a multi-year deal.

As part of the deal, the superstar actor-comedian will continue to curate content involving comedy and culture on his Laugh Out Loud Radio channel.

"At the end of the day, this is a great partnership," Hart said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. "When you put yourself in a position to create partnerships that will last and can grow, those are the big wins. You're looking at a relationship that has evolved, that is growing and going in the right direction. I think this is one where the hard work has been put into the growth of the station and the platform is just paying off."

Hart will host his podcast Gold Minds with Kevin Hart, a rebranded show that will premiere its new season Wednesday on SiriusXM.

Some comedians will still occasionally appear on his show, but he'll feature more conversations with notable figures including Emmy winner Jason Bateman, Black Panther, director Ryan Coogler, actor-rapper Method Man, film-maker Neil Burger along with broadcast journalists Anderson Cooper and Stephen A Smith.

In the Gold Minds premiere, Hart will speak with Coogler about his career journey, working with Michael B Jordan and receiving guidance from Denzel Washington, Forrest Whitaker, Sylvester Stallone and Christopher Nolan.

Hart said he felt compelled to rebrand Gold Minds because he wanted to expand beyond comedy to a "larger pool of individuals with interesting stories".

"Kevin has become a cornerstone of SiriusXM's comedy programming, and we're absolutely thrilled to deepen our relationship with Kevin and the whole Hartbeat team," said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM's president and chief content officer. "As they've proven time and again, they have their finger on the pulse of the new, exciting, diverse voices in comedy, and our audience has clearly responded."

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