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Audience Laughs at "Kramer," Seinfeld Pissed

11/21/2006 12:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

In one of the most awkward moments in the history of late night television, a shamed Michael Richards appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman to apologize for his racist, hate-fueled rant. It wasn't meant to be funny, but the audience laughed anyway.

Richards agreed to appear on the show, even after Letterman took a comedic jab at "the guy who played Kramer" on the Top Ten list, at the request of his good friend and former co-star Jerry Seinfeld. Jerry was there to promote "Seinfeld" Season 7 on DVD.

As Richards began explaining the "nasty things" said about "Afro-Americans," the audience couldn't help but chuckle. Seinfeld, immediately scolded the crowd, saying "stop laughing, it ain't funny." But the crowd couldn't help themselves.

The confused fans continued to chuckle, and Richards seemingly blamed Letterman for the awkwardness. "I've already heard you make some jokes about it and that's OK, but I'm really busted up about it."

Richards admitted that he may have acted without thinking. "I'm hearing your audience laugh ... and I'm not even sure that this is where I should be addressing the situation."

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31.

Jackie    

What he did and said was atrocious. This is his true nature. There are deep rooted racial prejudices with this man. And no matter how much he apologizes, he will still be a racist because what that audience saw was his true feelings. That was not a skit. What people of other races will never understand is that the N-Word carries hatred. It invokes deep rooted memories of murder, hatred, rape and abuse of generations of Black Americans in this country. You can say whatever you want, but until you live a day as a black person in America, you will never understand.

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32.

chris    

Who the heck is Janet??

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33.

Bob Barrett    

When Chris Rock makes derogatory comments about the European American noone says a word. But a European American says stuff about African Americans and everyone goes ape poop. Michael had the adrenaline going on stage. He got out of control but everyone has lost their temper once in their life. Give him a break. I'm still a fan. He's a good guy. Bless you Michael.

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34.

chris    

A great part of the military is made up of blacks (or stupid mofos as you call them).
Just try to show a little respect for the human race in general. Please. There's enough hate already out there.
PEACE

2800 days ago
35.

Fred    

OK, before we get all boo-hoo for the "victims" in this case, just remember one thing... If you don't want to be called a ni**er then don't act like one. Like Chris Rock himself said, "I love black people but I hate ni**ers". Stop making a fool of yourself while intruding on the rights of others. Those dudes should have shut the he** up and let the man do his show. If they didn't like it, then they should have LEFT. Don't heap non-stop abuse and then stand there slack-jawed when someone finally snaps. I do believe he snapped and went for the most hurtful thing he could say. It doesn't make it right, and too many whites go to that word too quickly. However, had the "victims' stayed quiet, it would NEVER had come out. It's just like that @sshole who cuts you off in traffic. You call him an @sshole because he acted like one. The shocked audience members called kramer a cracker because he acted like one, and Kramer called the guys ni**ers because they ACTED LIKE ONE. I'm black, and when I see other blacks acting ignorant and uneducated I call them ni**ers, just as I call their white counterparts white trash. These people care about nothing, not their neighborhood, appearance, literacy, health, family. They are NI**ERS, BLACK, WHITE, or BROWN (Curiously, I see very few Asians act this way, although they have their warts too. Asian street gangs ring a bell?). Kramer's reaction was wrong merely because of the implications when whites use the word. It's not a double-standard, it's a fact. When whites use the word, it's war. Kinda how you can hit your brother or sister until the cows come home, but if someone else touches them, they're dead-meat. I do not feel bad calling other blacks ni**ers, but I better not see a white person calling a black one. That being said, the "victims" in this case were definitely acting like ignorant ni**ers but Kramer was wrong to call them that. he should have gotten the black bouncer to call them the name for him as he threw their ni**er @sses out of the club.

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36.

TR    

Comedians are constantly making fun of different races(watch Mind of Mencia a couple of times). I don't see why this is such a big deal.

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37.

Djerk Heemskirk    

It was pretty out of line for the man to say such things but having reviewed the tape I think it has been blown totally out of proportion. Let's say (for example) Dave Chappelle made a joke about an asian/white/whatever person, people would find it hillarious. Where do we define the line between people who are racist and people who are joking? You can't! that is the problem. The media needs to settle down a bit. Yes... he was out of line but so were the 453252143514364356 people before him! chill!

2800 days ago
38.

Big Benny    

Seinfeld is a JACKASS!! The only reason he placed his good "friend" on Letterman last night was so that they could both possibly diffuse the situation, and continue to push the fact that Season 7 is available on DVD. Remember, both Seinfeld AND Richards stand to make a lot of money from those sales. Trust me, making money, and not "helping" his friend was the only reason Richards ended up on Letterman last night. Fuck 'em both!! DON'T BUY ANY SEINFELD DVD'S...THAT SHIT IS ON IN SYNDICATION ENOUGH AS IT IS!!

2800 days ago
39.

WF    

(I appoligize for being verbose, so to get the just of this comment, please read the last paragraph)

Well I think we all have to understand, this is simply a mistake made by someone. Its obvious this is not somthing that Michael Richards is happy about, neither is friend Jerry Sienfeld. We all have to understand that while this is a very unusual mistake, it is indeed a mistake, and as you always hear, everyone makes mistakes. Anyone can see that through the awkwardness, Michael is truely disturbed by what he did and not happy about the situation.

Through our vast network of complex computer systems, a low-quality, choppy video of a comedy performance is broadcast around the world and lands its self on the front slot of every major news outlet in the country. (Except I checked NPR, and they aren't even running the story, probibly because they have better and more important things to place in the top story list because they aren't worried about making money and ratings like say, this site...) I think its rediculous that we have stooped ourselves ( the general American public) to a level of placing this story over progress in a war our country is fighting in, or excessive ecosytem pollution.

Thus, my point is, I believe we are the ones making the biggest mistake. I would say we steped down even lower than the Deal or No Deal? episode last night. Every news outlet, the blogging, commenting, quick anwering, non-thinking Ameican public, and especially Jay Leno (Who I won't be watching tonight because I won't be able to handle his comments he will be making about Mr. Richards and the Late Show) and especially those of you in the audience of the Late Show with David Letterman who laughed openly at the awkwardness of the live interview (mind you, it was live) last night (11/20) owes Mr. Richards a huge appolgy for their exsessive exsplosion of one persons excessive exsplosion. And about that excessive exsplosion, yes, I admit, it was horrible, and no one, not even an angry exspirienced comedy genius such as Mr. Richards should exspress such in public. I don't know why (nor do I believe Michael knows why) he did it, other than in rage, but what happened, happened; now lets turn our attention to more important things, shall we?

And soup for Jerry Sienfeld, he did an excellent job handleing the very rude audience in the Ed Sulivan Theatre last night.

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40.

ROCCO    

MICHAEL RICHARDS DID NOTHING WRONG! I AM NOT A RACIST I AM NOT A PREJUDICE....... HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU WERE GETTING HECKLED NON-STOP BECAUSE YOU WEREN'T A BLACK COMEDIAN??? WE CAN GET CALLED CRACKER ALL DAY LONG AND NOT SUE BUT IF WE SAY THE N WORD YOU WILL SUE US..... THE DAY THAT BLACK PEOPLE STOP PLAYING THE BLACK CARD FOR EVERY SINGLE ISSUE.... IS THE DAY RACISM WILL STOP....... IT IS NOT US WHO ARE THE PROBLEMS LOOK WHITIN YOURSELVES

2800 days ago
41.

Betty Boop    

He said exactly what he personally believes. The man is a racist!

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42.

BoogieMan    

It takes a boys mind to stoop down to that level; it takes a man to admit their mistakes.

The tongue is the hardest thing to tame. Let's give him a chance to redeem himself...

2800 days ago
43.

Jim Brown    

O my God. A white person said nigger. Doesn't Richards know the rule. You can only say nigger when you're with other white people. White folk can't say nigger in public. Well who here is enough of a hypocrit to say they haven't used and heard that word in white only groups a million times.

2800 days ago
44.

Frank    

SAHHI, YOU'RE ON POINT REGARDING THE "CRACKER" DEFINITION.

And yes blacks are ignorant when they use the term cracker. Yes they are ignorant when it comes to why they've been f**cked up so many years. Forgive them for their ignorance. But while I read a post by a white guy on Youtube.com saying that why should blacks care, they're the only ones who don't know their own culture....I have to beg to differ.

Blacks are ignorant, because they're in a wilderness they don't belong in. America is the sickest place in the WORLD (immoral, historical racism, bloodshed, etc). Totally different wilderness in the East. The most indecent humans of perversion came from Europe to build America by use of the Indian (indigeneous/colored) & African blood. Indians are just as lost as Blacks because of slavery. It is a known fact that slavery syndrome trickles for generations, thats why its used. Its more psychological than physical. Ignorance because they're not masters of Euro-trash lifestyles? It's NOT their culture, only now thru oppressive actions they'll become savages. Watch Iraqi women now will wear short mini-skirts, wild because they were raped and become Christians. Because AMERICANS will teach them ignorance of their own selves. You're great grandchildren will see the effects.

And how can whites continue to say that blacks don't know who they are? The most IGNORANT people in terms of self knowledge has to be the Caucasian. He has NO idea that he come from CAVES. It's in the Bible. Please don't let me hurt your feeling with the Chapter & Verse. Wanna know why blacks are oppressed by the elites? Because with Masonic order, secrecy, fraternal order, you cannot discuss the truth. The Black man is GOD, Whites were grafted and evolved from him. Ask Bush.

Frank (a caucasian using a very good black friend's computer)

2800 days ago
45.

ROCCO    

ALSO A FEW TIPS FOR ALL YOU LOW-CLASS AFRICAN-AMERICANS WHO THINK MY COMMENTS ARE RACIST MEANWHILE I SPEAK ON TRUE FACTS NOT ON OPINIONS...... YOU CAN COMPLAIN ALL YOU WANT ABOUT NOT GETTING A CAB, BEING LOOKED AT IN THE STREETS WEIRD AND BEING OPRESSED BY THE WHITE DEVIL, BUT HEAR ME OUT..... IT IS LEGAL TO BE A BLACK RACIST IT IS ILLEGAL TO BE A WHITE RACIST, IS THERE A WHITE HISTORY MONTH? IS THERE A WHITE PEOPLE COLLEGE FUND? IF WE HAD THE MILLION WHITE MAN MARCH WOULDN'T YOU COME AND THROW STUFF AT US? THINK ABOUT IT YOU CAN SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT TO A WHITE MAN AND WE HAVE OUR TONGUES TIED, YOU CAN BEAT A WHITE MAN HALF TO DEATH AND GET AWAY WITH IT BY SAYING "HE CALLED ME A "N...." IVE SEEN THIS HAPPEN, A FEW KIDS FROM QUEENS ARE GOING TO PRISON FOR BEATING UP A AFRICAN-AMERICAN FOR TRYING TO ROB THEIR CAR... IS THIS JUSTICE?
A LONG TIME AGO IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD A BLACK MAN WAS FOLLOWING A WHITE GIRL TRYING TO TOUCH HER, SHE CALLED HER BROTHER AND HER BROTHER STABBED THE BLACK MAN FOR TRYING TO TOUCH HIS SISTER, THINK OF YOUR SISTER BEING FOLLOWED BY A PERVERT WHAT WOULD YOU DO?.... 2 DAYS LATER AL SHARPTON FORMS A MARCH DOWN MY NEIGHBORHOOD SCREAMING FOR JUSTICE.... WHY IS IT THAT A WHITE MAN CAN'T KILL A BLACK MAN BUT BLACK PEOPLE CAN KILL WHITE PEOPLE AS MUCH A S THEY WANT......
ALSO ANOTHER STORY...... AT A BANK A BLACK EMPLOYEE STOLE MONEY FROM THE VAULT IN THE BANK...... HE WAS CAUGHT RED HANDED..... IN HIS CONFESSION LETTER HE STATED HE FELT ODD BEING THE ONLY BLACK PERSON IN THE BANK....... HOW DOES THAT GIVE ANY JUSTICE FOR STEALING???? TELL ME........ PLEASE YOU TELL US TAKE OUR HEADS OUTTA OUR ASSES...... START PAYING A LITTLE MORE ATTENTION AND YOU'LL SEE RACISM GOES BOTH WAYSSSSSSS AND IT COMES MORE FROM YOU THEN FROM US!

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