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Jerry Seinfeld Talks Letterman Finale Insult

“They didn’t want to hurt my feelings and then, of course, they don’t know I don’t have feelings.”


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Jerry Seinfeld can certainly take a joke. He did so when appearing as one of the ten big name celebrities who took part in David Letterman’s final Top Ten List ever on his finale last month.

In case you missed it, his “Seinfeld” co-star Julia Louis-Dreyfus also took part in the list, “Celebrity Top Ten Things I’ve Always Wanted to Say To David Letterman.”

Louis-Dreyfus appeared after Seinfeld and gave the number 4 entry on the list. She said, “thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale.” This was an obvious reference to the appointment that most fans felt in the 1998 Seinfeld finale.

The camera then gave a close up of Seinfeld standing in the back with the other celebrities. He seemed to be both annoyed and confused.

The comedic legend told The Wrap about it, “I like all jokes. There’s really nothing else I care about except jokes, I don’t care who has them, whose feelings have to be hurt — if it’s a good joke I’m into it. And we actually fought hard for that particular joke; the writers had a different joke that Julia and I did not like and she came to me and she said, ‘I don’t know if this joke works, ‘ and I read the joke and I go, ‘No, that’s a bad joke.’ She had flown from L.A. to New York just to do the one line — we were really excited to be on that show.

“It was a really cool experience to be on Dave’s last show and I didn’t want her to go out there and tank. I’ve been at this a while; you don’t always know 100 percent, but in this case I knew this is a loser, and so we went to the writers and it was quite a long negotiation and then they came up with this other line, which was sensational. I wonder actually now, I was thinking, Did they have that, or did they write that?

“Maybe they didn’t want to hurt my feelings. That’s what it may have been: that they had that joke and they didn’t want to hurt my feelings and then, of course, they don’t know I don’t have feelings.”

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