Michael Richards told Jerry Seinfeld he regrets his racist outburst of 2006.
Of course he does. He hasn't worked since.
As you surely remember, the "Seinfeld " actor unleashed on a couple hecklers at Los Angeles' Laugh Factory with an N-world-laced rant. After the video went viral, he appeared on "The Late Show With David Letterman" to say he was "deeply, deeply sorry."
And years later, he is reflecting on it once again, this time speaking about the incident to former co-star Seinfeld on his web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."
"Our job was not for us to enjoy it, our job was to make sure they enjoy it," Seinfeld said, according to E! Online, after Richards reflected that he might not have enjoyed his time on the hit sitcom as much as he could have. "And that's what we did."
"That's beautiful. Because I think I worked selfishly--and not selflessly. It's not about me, it's about them," Michael responded before turning talk to his infamous rant. "Now, that's a lesson I learned seven years ago when I blew it in the comedy club, lost my temper because somebody interrupted my act and said some things that hurt me. And I lashed out in anger. I should have been working selflessly that evening."
Richards said the incident had a big effect on his life.
"I busted up after that event. It broke me down," he explained. "It was a selfish response. I took it too personally, and I should have just said, 'Yeah, you're
Richards thanked Seinfeld for supporting him. "Thanks for sticking by me. It meant a lot to me," Richards said. "But inside, it still kicks me around a bit."
Seinfeld said "That's up to you to say, 'I've been carrying this baggage long enough. I'm going to put it down.'"