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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.

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2838 days ago

Kevin O'Sullivan    

John Q. Public and it's self-righteousness needs to give it up. Funny the blacks didn't mind calling Richards a "cracker". Less inflammatory than "nigger"? Or one wrong deserves another? This country needs to stop coddling ethnic groups and people have to stop using cries of "racist" as though these incidents of ignorance were equal to genocide. If we were all held accountable for words we wished we hadn't said and hung, there would be no human race. Out of anger, a man, not God, not Jesus, said something regretable, inappropriate and ignorant. But let's see if we can ruin him for life for it. Get real, get a life, and realize that people say dumb things out of anger and if we really want to show what we are made of, forgive, forget, and let the love of that forgiveness take us forward so less and less of this thing happens. These blogs remind me of lynch mob mentality and I can't believe so many people have such hate.

2838 days ago


Only God can judge a man. He is sick, confused and he needs help. We should pray for him and we should forgive him as God already has. God loves us all equally and God can heal all wounds. Everyone has a cross to bare and everyone has sinned. God bless everyone.

2838 days ago


"The word nigger should NEVER come out of a white person's mouth". You can find that quote in an earlier post. Those two boys showed their ass and got called up for it. Michael Richards stepped out of his box and discovered first hand what the rest of the country already has to deal with. I only hope the two negroe boys were arrested and charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

2838 days ago


If I was Michael Richards I would move to a desert island & stay there for the next 50 years. What a horses ass!

2838 days ago


Thats not Richards - Its his partner. Richards was already on TV speaking out against his stand up partners tirade.. ITS NOT MICHAEL RICHARDS I am so suprised that TMZ posted incorrect info.. i hope they at least recall it when they find out its wrong.

2838 days ago


Hey PJ

What happened? Did you find your kids in the basement making bombs after all????

2838 days ago


As a response to #12. You are correct when you say that Black people say things about white people when doing comedy but remember it is comedy and the things that are said are jokes whether they are truely felt or not. This man was being purposfully hateful. He wasn't trying to be funny. He couldn't stand someone heckling him so he resorted to mean, childish behavior.

2838 days ago



May God bless you abundantly. I'll be praying for your deliverance and the deliverance of all the other people on here that are FULL of hate.

2838 days ago

Why? OH Why?    

We Luv WHITE WOMEN..... They pay all the bills...... We beat them up and they stay.... They give us all their money.... and they suck a mean d***...... White women luv black men.....

2838 days ago


Blacks will always be the whites bitch from working for them to having to dream about being rich the way the white man is.But the only way a nigga can get rich is to dribble a ball

2838 days ago

Nobody Special    

Has anyone ever considered the fact that many actors and comedians get their talent and wit from having Attention Defecit Hyperactivity Disorder? Possibly Kramer just needs a stimulant to calm him down. Perhaps he's not really racist after all, but was having a manic fit of rage, saying things out of frustration. Apparently from what I've been hearing, those American Black men said a few unruly slurs toward Richards to tick him off in the first place. I think anybody would've busted a nut like Kramer did. Only difference, is he's on TV. He's famous. He's internationally recognized for Seinfeld. Who cares if you or I say things we don't mean out of anger or frustration. Somehow since your face is on television, we expect more from you. Well, that's politically correct bull s**t. I firmly believe reverse racism may be at play here. This was completely out of character for Richards. I beleive there's more to the story than is being televised. I beleive those two black men said something escpecially racist & rude in order for Richards to react that way.

2838 days ago

bob the hill billy    

this is all dumb get over it. it happens now go was my car bitch

2838 days ago

Why? OH Why?    

We will get rich by dribbling that white woman all the way to the bank..... Thanks for your white girls..... or should I say white dummies

2838 days ago

just some guy    

yo allen i know your parents must have droped you on your head when you where a new born . check this out fool if you ever in new york come down to east 138 street in the bronx and say the shit you be sayin here and see if yo ass wont get killed . asshole i know you must take it in the ass

2838 days ago
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