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Kramer Uses the "Black Friends" Defense

11/27/2006 12:36 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

In a desperate effort to salvage what's left of his poisoned reputation, a "shattered" Michael Richards told Reverend Jesse Jackson that he "loves" black people, adding that some of his "best friends were African-Americans."
Kramer says sorry

Interviewed on Jackson's "Keep Hope Alive" radio show on Sunday, the former "Seinfeld" star again claimed that he harbors no racist feelings toward black people, and blamed his racist diatribe on months of pent up rage that, "has no color."

Richards explained that he should have recognized his problem, when his frustration with hecklers started affecting his comedy routine. "It's a rough and tumble environment," Richards claimed, "I've been noticing how aggressive my work had been getting."

Jackson was convinced that the problem had deeper roots, telling Richards, "You used the word nigger, and then the lynching scene ... have you been here before?" Richards responded, "No, no, no, no, no. That's why I'm shattered by it. The way it just came through me like a freight train."

According to Richards' publicist, Howard Rubenstein, the disgraced actor has already begun psychiatric counseling in Los Angeles to learn how to manage his anger and understand why he made the racist remarks.

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We, are not amused.    

Hey TMZ:
How about some "real" news? Show us pictures of whathername flashing that ussy-pay!
Leave this poor bastard alone. He fu*cked up, he's sorry, we get it, GET OVER IT!
More pictures of the whisker biscuit, and
MORE COWBELL!!!!!

2798 days ago
2.

Rachel    

What more do people want from this guy? Give him a break already, he's apologized numerous times, has gone on Jackson's show, is seeking counseling, what the hell else can he do? Anybody out there perfect? If not leave him the fu^k alone.

2798 days ago
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Puh der Baer    

I watch Seinfeld religiously on syndication at least twice a day now. The guy's being railroaded by the PC police and the black sect that always wants wants wants without ever giving. I swear, muslims and blacks, the two groups who only want without any responsibility or accountability or conciense.

2798 days ago
4.

rie    

Im really sick of this guy. I really wish everyone would stop talking about him because part of me thinks this is all he wanted just some publicity because hes been on the backburner for so long. I really dont even like to look at him.

2798 days ago
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ArcticKat    

Theres no such thing as too much grovelling in a situation like this but when he resorts to using the "Some of my best Friends are African Americans" as a defense, thats pretty weak. It is a classic cop-out anthem of racists who need to be escape being labeled a bigot.
Kramer is not sincere in his apologies-if he recognized what he did was really out of line, have apologized to the crowd to his act the next night, like he promised the club owners. But he shrugged them off, and arrogantly didnt. Now he has been banned from the club and now hes only sorry because it made the news complete with video footage, and plenty of commentary to boot.
This guy will do whatever he can to work again and not be blacklisted. He is holding on to his career by a thread. He will kiss whatever feet he has too, and grovel to anyone in Showbiz that will listen. But he's only sorry about his own circumstances, not because he sincerely feels bad for black people or anyone else. (hes an actor, remember?) The only true Remorse he feels is what he did to his own career.

And those 2 dudes hoping to collect money "in damages" shouldnt be entitled to 1 cent. I am tired of all these happenstance people that make the news and try to milk it for a buck. Like that idiot Runaway Bride!

2798 days ago
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We, are not amused.    

How messed up is it that you feel the need to have to seek out Jesse Jackson to help salvage your image. Poor Bastard.
Do back on stage and get better material, hell Carrot top has a standup career, so can you!

2798 days ago
7.

Lisa    

He needs to stay away from the camera's and the talk shows. Let is rest!

2798 days ago
8.

Gen-X    

Are we *still* talking about this? Let it go already.

2798 days ago
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Seriously    

Jesse Jackson makes me want to hurl. I cannot stand this
lying, cheating on his wife, black savior to the people, who is
nothing but a media whore, celebrity wannabe, who is interested
in ONLY having his ugly face plastered all over the media in any
way shape or form. Michael I think much, much less of you now.
Grow some balls man.

2798 days ago
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We, are not amused.    

What he meant to say...
GO back on stage....

2798 days ago
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Jim    

Enough with Mr Richards. Nobody knew he was still alive before this and it won't matter what he says now. He said what many feel and the blacks don't treat the whites any better. This "I'm entitled to an ass kissing because I'm black" thing has gone on long enough!

2798 days ago
12.

MommaT    

Isn't this HORSE dead yet????!!

Richards is DONE........move on.

Jeez........tired of this story........come on TMZ, move on

2798 days ago
13.

Jim    

Jesse is bad enough. How about the Rev Al. Does anyone recall him calling for "Whitey's " head in regards to La Tawnya Brawley. I'm still waiting for that apology.

2798 days ago
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David Hernandez    

why is it that white folks hate any black person who goes out and tells the truth about our society? always callin them opportunistic. like bill clinton said, white america has to comes to grips with the past. and i mean the current citizens of our land, not the "southerners" of the 18 & 19th centuries.

2798 days ago
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jay    

jesse jackson is one ugly motherf*cker

2798 days ago
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