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Richards -- "I'm Really Busted Up"

11/20/2006 10:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Richards publicly apologized for his racist tirade in an appearance on "The Late Show," but acknowledged that such sentiment had the potential to "come[s] through and fire[s] out of me." He tried to find an awkward parallel between his ugly rant and conflict that has arisen between blacks and whites since Hurricane Katrina.

Looking sallow, drawn, and speaking in halting fragments, Richards explained via satellite from Los Angeles to David Letterman and friend Jerry Seinfeld in New York, that he had lost his temper after some members of the audience interrupted his act and that he "took it badly," unleashing the racist invective that TMZ first aired this morning. He apologized to the people who took "the brunt" of his abuse, saying he was "really busted up," but then went on a strange tangent on race relations, saying he was "concerned about hate and rage" and about a "great deal of disturbance between blacks and whites" after Hurricane Katrina.

Richards did not say whether any other factors contributed to his actions, adding only that he would be doing "personal work" in the aftermath of the incident.

Audience members in the Ed Sullivan Theater, who were watching Richards on a screen, began laughing at Richards at first, thinking that the interview was a comedy skit, until Seinfeld admonished them, saying, "Stop laughing. It's not funny."

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61.

Gooch    

To the Billy in the post above me.


Yep that black guy spreading hate and saying "Exterminate the white people" is in this video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0m3SXpZK2Xw

It was labeled as "Brittney Spears" which was cleverly done so that more and more people actually view it. I give a shout out! to the white guy who made the video spreading the word about this f***ing N * G G E R and his hate crimes against white people.

God damn racist black mother f***ers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2691 days ago
62.

none    

commit for # 120 YOU ( i mean you) ( only our creator) cant erased the black race no matter what the hell you do; there must be something wrong with your brain. besides white people are just as crazy as blacks; white people commit crimes and do stupid sh*t too. Do you ever here a black person kill there entire family after loosing his/her job and then kill him/herself? Hitler wasnt black/ not sure what the hell he was and dont really give a damn; He burnt the Jewish alive and buried them. My point is that Every race commits crimes so your not making much sense to me; something is seriously wrong with your brain!

2687 days ago
63.

none    

to PJ #135 who the hell gives a f*** about O.J; what planet are you on? dumbass

2687 days ago
64.

none    

apparently neanderthals are alot smarter than you crazy as people talking dumb sh*t that have nothing to do with the Michaels guy, I dont give a sh*t if he hates blacks because obviously he has been raised this way and its not his fault he hates blacks; he probably dont even know why HE HATES BLACKS; his parent probably taught him to hate.SO WHOEVER COMMIT SOME IGNORANT SH*T ABOUT MY COMMIT GO AHEAD CAUSE LIKE I SAID I REALLY DONT GIVE A F***. POWER TO THE WHITE FOLKS THAT ARE DUMB ENOUGH TO COMMIT ABOUT BULSH*T.

2687 days ago
65.

N    

Your comments: Whoever wrote this: 19. Im not Black...Im not white....im brown but i can tell you that all white people are faggots like this gay piece of
shit...honestly all white ppl are pussy's and should be shot at POWER
TO THE BLACKS AND BROWNSLET ALL THE WHITES DIE
Posted at 8:48PM on Nov
20th 2006 by The Brown
Well, TMZ ummm..... inappropriate comments may
be removed!!!!KISS MY ASS !!!!!This brown bastard should be shot.
Gee maybe I should call Gloria Alred to sue TMZ and this asshole too for racist
bullshit. Oh wait I can't b.c I am white.

2684 days ago
66.

Gooch    

LOL GOD!!

I hate to say it, but the guy who posted above me is absolutely right. We don't owe N * * * * * S anything. For f***s sake..........we give them enough hand outs, welfare, food stamps, cash, even hire them instead of a white man(Although the white man scored HIGHER on test scores and is a better man for the job), afirmative action(biggest f***ing joke in history), free college scholarships. It has to STOP NOW. You were not a slave, I was not a slave owner so suck it up you f***ing N*****R and get off your lazy as ses and get a god damn job and stop looking for free handouts.

WE WHITE FOLKS HAVE HAD ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2680 days ago
67.

angry    

To tina how are you going to put a god bless after a racist statement you heathen why is it a klansmen or women like to use the lord or god to preach hate remember tina god doesn't like ugly ....

2676 days ago
68.

angry    

you fucking crackers are so quick to tell black people that they are on welfare and what not however this world be a better olace if you had never gotten off that boat and gave the fire water to the indians true they were dumb enough to take it but this country and what's in it was built by slaves and other minority's really you need to get your trailer park asses back on it and get the fuck out .

2676 days ago
69.

Brown and proud    

Its's funny how they get on here and talk all that racist talk and are the main ones smiling in black faces. Whites have done so much wrong to blacks and everyone else for centuries. They say blacks steal... come on white people...You took your ugly pink faces to Africa and stole people to make them work for you, and you say blacks are lazy? You made them raise your children, cook, clean and f*** your nasty asses. You stole America and you say blacks steal? How can you call blacks the bad guys? Blacks definately have a lot of issues but it's because of what you put them through. Im not black but if I was I would'nt let what "Kramer" said bother me because this is nothing new. People of all races make stupid racial jokes but that was'nt a joke. That was pure racism and hate. Black people...stay black...stay beautiful...stay strong.

2670 days ago
70.

Derik    

So, how come nobody is jumping on the african american fellow that set Richards off? You notice he made several racist comments then left. He should share the blame along with Richards. Let's track him down and see if he's racist..after all he is the one who started the whole thing. Let's switch things around, if Richards was african american and poking fun at anglos, would anyone have been offended? Nope. Would it have made headlines? Nope. African Americans are great at pulling the race card when it suits them, otherwise they keep the card in the deck. And while we are at it, why is ok for african americans to use the n word to each other but it is a moral offense if an anglo utters the same word? What's good for the goose should be good for the gander.
It's a true double edged sword in this country and if a anglo points out anything wrong an african american is doing the anglo is immediately called "racist" and the whole allegation is defused. Let's just all say we are americans, how bout that for a change?

2664 days ago
71.

JoeDon    

i think elmer summed it up

2663 days ago
72.

Ignorance Buster    

All of you are sad.Its a shame that half of you actually exist and we wonder what's wrong with this country. Look no further. Half of the people that posted are racist and if you believe you arent you need to stop lying to yourselves. It's a shame that with everything going onin this country people actually have the audacity to be hateful and mean for no damn reason at all. Grow up !!

2659 days ago
73.

bessett    

Not enough. He needs to admit that he's a biggot. We can't let him off that easy.

2709 days ago
74.

estee    

You're right Jerry it is not funny, but how can we take actors seriously when that is what you're paid to do. No one takes accountabilty for their actions. Everyone always pointing the finger and blaming something/someone else other than themselves. I am sorry but I don't think the discords between Blacks and Whites after Hurricane Katrina had anything to do with his tirade. I don't know if he is geniunely sorry, and at this point have yet to care. Words do hurt, but sometimes actions are just not good enough either. So what if he gives money to families of Hurricane Katrina or gives a minority student a scholoarship, it doesn't erase the hatefule sentiments. Mr. Richards is going to have learn from this experience and hopefully grow from it.

2709 days ago
75.

Wicked    

Don't sweat it Michael...you are fine. I don't have a problem with it and actually I honor you for being brave enough to be truthful with your feelings.

Those nasty's in the audience weird rude to you. They think they can get away with be loud, ignorant and rude...plus they are lazy and they steal all the time.

power to the white people

2709 days ago
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