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Richards' Rant -- Not The First Time

11/22/2006 4:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael RichardsDid Michael Richards attack the Jews? Two Los Angeles residents have come forward and said that's exactly what happened last Spring at L.A. comedy club, The Improv.

Carol Oschin and J.P. Fillet say they were at The Improv on April 22 when Richards took the stage. They say that in the middle of Richards' skit, a man in the audience said something to the comedian, when Richards allegedly launched into an anti-Semitic rant. According to Oschin, Richards screamed at the audience member, "You f***ing Jew. You people are the cause of Jesus dying."
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Oschin says the rant continued and Richards stormed off the stage. Oschin and Fillet say that, at first, they thought Richards' tirade was part of his act, but claim that it quickly became apparent it was not.

Richards' publicist, Howard Rubenstein, confirmed to TMZ that Richards did make derogatory comments about Jews, but says it was part of his act. Rubenstein says Richards told him, "I'm not anti-Semitic. I was playing a role and poking fun at the rednecks."


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Curiosity Killed the KAT ;-)    

The opportunity presented itself or these two guys to make money off of an insulting bigoted incident, is it wrong yes, would a lot of the population try to make money off of it... YES

2860 days ago


Number 32# outsouring effects white and black people. It is not the Indians fault it is asswipe GWB who signed all those papers letting big companies outsource for cheap labor.

2860 days ago

Easily Bored    

He's not racist, he's not anti-semitic...This is a guy who thinks he's a comedian and he's saying outrageous things to get a laugh. Everybody knows the person who is funny at first, but then they take the joke too far. That's what's going on here. There's no way this guy made it all the way to Seinfeld (working with loads of Jewish people in the process) if he hates every single group of people.

This is going to pass just like the Mel Gibson thing did. As it should.

And to be honest, if these rants shut up the hecklers then good. I pay to see the guy on stage, not to listen to the drunk ass in the audience who thinks HE's the comedian.

2860 days ago


I always thought Michael Richards IS Jewish.
Anyone know for sure that he is not Jewish?

2860 days ago

Victor DeBellis    

OK.. Michael Richards made a BIG mistake...I'm not sure he was a Rocket Scientist anyway... But i am tired of every time someone uses the "N" word...people go crazy....Honestly, if it really is so offensive why it that the only work i hear many blacks use to descrive each other and why is it a stape on every Rap album? A word is a word...if its ok for one person to use it(regardless of race) then any one can use it. I'll vote to never have anyone use it ever again...But not see it used selectively by some people and not others...Heres an idea, If it bothers African Americans why dont they stop using it altogether....Dont by the rap records that use it...condem anyone who uses it equally....You know what Heaven is really like? the only difference from life is we are all Color Blind....What a great world that would make...

2860 days ago


Michael Richards is most certainly not Jewish. TMZ might consider clarifying that, as even though Richards was very open about that during his run on "Seinfeld," people continue to wrongly believe he is Jewish. Paul Rodriguez added fuel to the fire by publicly referring to Richards as Jewish, which was irresponsible of him because anyone could have told him about Richards' background.

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What's wrong with him??????????? He starts his act and then he just starts raging. He needs a therapist and not a comedy routine.

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Does anyone on this message board realize that your remarks are both cynical and racist? If you are over 40 years old, your parents were the generation torching houses and turning fire hoses on blacks in the south. Most importantly, they were the masses who stood by and did nothing. A small minority realized the injustice and stood for equality. Only this small minority are considered NOT RACISTS. Just because you are a white American and have never turned a hose on a minority does not give you the "I'm not a racist" position. Your remarks on this post speak more about who you really are than anything. TMZ is a pop culture news outlet, so they are not going to cover the war in Iraq. After what happened after Hurricane Katrina, I would suggest white America cutting the cynicism and "I'm not a racist" talk and check themselves. If you didn't give money to families devistated by the hurricane, you are a racist--period.

If you sit idol while injustices take place in your city everyday, you are a racist. Just because you may not own white sheets and a horse and walk around lynching black people does not mean you are not a racist.

The flip side is the fact that white Americans do pay for this ignorance up to their eyeballs. 40% of all working people have not health care...100% of all prison inmates do. Being cynical and racist one should tolerate Michael Richards (or anyone else's) rants...and sorry doesn't cut it. He should be black listed from Hollywood. But this is of course he won't.

FYI: the good times comments are insulting...did you know that the father on that show was killed off because he refused to allow his character to be changed into a drug using dead beat dad...

Race is still relevant.

2860 days ago


For the FIFTH time

for a bunch of people who love to scream about how not racist you are you sure do make a lot of assumptions about people based on how they look!

2860 days ago

Helen Mirren    

Another one? I don't understand, is he new to comedy or something? It doesn't seem like he's good at it.

2860 days ago


A simple Wikipedia search is too much hassle, huh? Easier to just ASSume something. I don't give a fig if someone is Jewish or Pagan or Catholic but let's just clarify that Kramer isn't a Jew, before y'all rant off some more about it.
Seriously. it's pretty easy to remember and pretty easy to do, but here's the link for all the mongoloid RAHOWA people to copy & paste into your browser.


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Richard's rant was part of an aparently unfunny act. Richards is of the Jewish faith and is not anti-semetic.

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"The man's a dumbass"...nuf said. Let's move on to other complete idiocy, like cruelty to turkeys (just carve that Thanksgiving tofu).

2860 days ago


miami girl and leesa are typical of the air heads who like sites like this. I am only here because literally I saw the site on cnbc a few mins ago. so then I watched the clip and the lame apology. so this idiot baked his 'career' [ he sucked on the SNL ripoff fridays too ] because he is a weirdo with a temper. youre surprised? of course you are because you have the intellectual depth of a puddle. a small one. to equate the observations of comics [ yeah to get on hbe you usually have to be funny no matter how crass you are ] who exploit racial stereotypes to get laughs from the nimrods in their audience is weak. every race gets smoked in those acts including 'white people'. this is not what this jackass was doing. he got mad which he admitted and his pathetic personality was exposed. and his 'apology' is not credible'. you white bigots who alway hide your racism until something like this happens and then expose your hatred are worthless anyway. for the rest of the bubble heads who pay more attention to 'celebrities' than real events please, first get a clue and then a life.

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