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'Kramer's' Racist Tirade

Caught on Tape

11/20/2006 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Michael Richards exploded in anger as he performed at a famous L.A. comedy club last Friday, hurling racial epithets that left the crowd gasping, and TMZ has obtained exclusive video of the ugly incident.

Richards, who played the wacky Cosmo Kramer on the hit TV show "Seinfeld," appeared onstage at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood. Kyle Doss, an African-American, told TMZ he and some friends were in the cheap seats and he was playfully heckling Richards when suddenly, the comedian lost it.

The camera started rolling just as Richards began his attack, screaming at one of the men, "Fifty years ago we'd have you upside down with a f***ing fork up your ass."

Richards continued, "You can talk, you can talk, you're brave now motherf**ker. Throw his ass out. He's a nigger! He's a nigger! He's a nigger! A nigger, look, there's a nigger!"

The crowd is visibly and audibly confused and upset. Richards responds by saying, "They're going to arrest me for calling a black man a nigger."

One of the men who was the object of Richard's tirade was outraged, shouting back "That's un-f***ing called for, ain't necessary."

After the three-minute tirade, it appears the majority of the audience members got up and left in disgust.

Attempts to reach Richards' reps were unsuccessful.

Richards Racial Rant -- Play Video


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Major Issues, You must be one of those Black racists Shut-up

2838 days ago

Joe Blow    

Jill Whiteman< Jewish? Just shows how many Jewish people are truely racist. Hell look what they are doing to the Palistinians . What a wonderfully ignorant world we live in.

2838 days ago

annie miller    

Apparently he snapped for a brief time. He has given the world a sense of relief from everyday hum drum life with his comedy and we shouldn't forget all the laughs he has given us. I really don't think that he is a racist BUT this one incident left a black mark on his career. Let's not lynch him but try to be understanding and forgiving. Blacks and whites alike show racism from time to time.

2838 days ago


Hey Whitey-

I'm really trying to make sense of what you're saying but I'm not fluent in DUMB

2838 days ago

Why? OH Why?    

White people invented the finger down the throat syndrome..... The lip injections.... the breast implants.......the butt implants..... the dumb blonde syndrome..... The wanna be black M n M and K- Fed........ Oh yeah..... Trailer parks.......

2838 days ago


He shouldn't have called them niggers. The correct word to use is negroe.

2838 days ago


isnt Richardson Jewish anyway?
A race that's historically been THE most vilified ethniciy in the history of racism? Nothin 'funnier' than one 'persecuted' minority hatin on another one .
Why get offended by some stupid-ass crowd members calling him a " Dumb Cracker"? It's actually kinda funny that a bunch a hecklers got under his skin so easily...arent professional comedians supposed to have thicker skin than that?

2838 days ago


PJ, what #3484 said to you was wrong and racist, but you aren't any better by turning right back around and spewing mean and hateful things back at them. Therefore you aren't any better than they are. Are you showing your true "racist" colors?

2838 days ago


Get over it.

2838 days ago


hey Jill Whiteman....go to a black neighborhood and say all that shit u typed and see if ur ass doesnt get sick and tired of people being racist, and i am not saying this just becuase i am black...I hate people being racist to whites, asians, africans, ANYBODY...and i am pretty sure that they didnt do it because he was jewish...the last person i knew that was racist, my friends and i ran them out of town..and u kno wat? he was pakistani, and u kno wat, my other friends were pakistani white, black, hispanic, u name it, u got it...and the guy was my friend just so u kno stop being racist, because it will get u no where..

2838 days ago


Chris Rock says what he says in fun. What Michael said and how he said is absolutely un neccasary. all of that was not even called for. Maybe fifty years ago blacks would have been hunged upside down, but not with a fork up our ass. Some white guys cock probably. now the guys were wrong for the whole domb cracker thing but that bs mike spoke and how he said showed his true colors. No matter how you put it or try to fix it, it can't be excused. Maybe we should put him and OJ Simpson in the same room and sees who comes out with a fork up their ass. So Alice shut the hell up.

2838 days ago


Everyone acts like they never said it or heard it before. The guy went off the deep end and thats it. Audience members who were rude pushed the wrong button and he let them have it. You ever seen a street fight where the people involved talk to each other in a kind way? Maybe the get-back will be to have a riot and pass a profanity law in clubs. Yeah, that will do it. Get a life, , , oh, sorry that is what you just saw.

2838 days ago

just some guy    

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2838 days ago


Get over it. Wish all you folks, black and white, would learn how to spell. Did y'all graduate elementary school?

2838 days ago

Mike B.    

Yes, Michael Richards did cross the line. Other posts are correct that Whites are a frequent source of ridicule from popular Black comedians. Most popular humor and media is based upon ridule and mean spirited comments...too bad we all love to deride each other so easily. But, let's agree he made a big mistake and get over it. Who hasn't put their foot squrely in their mouth at some point. His was just beamed all over the world for us all to judge his fall. People don't have to be as kind and cuddly as their TV characters and in "real life: they rarely are. He is suffering and being punished now more than most of us will ever know. Let's let him live a life and forgive his Big Mistake. He will probably punish himself for years to come.

2838 days ago
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