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Richards: "Very Cool People" Use N-Word, Too

11/27/2006 10:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael RichardsMichael Richards' tour of contrition continued on Sunday when he appeared on the Rev. Jesse Jackson's radio show to apologize for his racist rant at a comedy club.

He said that he was "shattered" by his actions, and that his N-word-laced tirade towards black patrons at the Laugh Factory, shown exclusively on TMZ, came through him "like a freight train." What's more, Richards told Jackson that his rant was fueled more by anger than by prejudice. Still, Richards also tried to impute some of his racist screed to common vernacular. He said that he fears "young whites will think it's cool" to use such hateful slurs because they see "very cool people in the show business" using the word freely. Presumably, Richards wasn't referring to himself.


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GentleTip.com    

Richards has a long way to go with his apologies.

2854 days ago
2.

Trish    

Madonna has chosen not to age gracefully.
No one wants to see her on stage gyrating in a bathing suit. Plus, she can't sing.

Madonna is no Cher or Barbra Streisand.
But, instead of moving into a new phase,
she's still trying to be Britney Spears.

At least Madonna hasn't abandoned her children.

2854 days ago
3.

James Bond    

Americans are stupid that is why they didn't watched the best tour ever! MDONNA is the best, she is pretty, talented, and smart. And she lives in Europe. That is great too. Who wants to live in that ugly usa? barfy hahaaaaaaaaa

2853 days ago
4.

Seriously    

Michael, please quit kissing ass. It's embarrassing.
It's making me sick. What the hell is wrong with you.
Move on. How long are you going to grovel? Come on, man. STOP.

2853 days ago
5.

Rachel    

Good for you Michael. An apology is all that's needed. Don't give them any cash!!!

2853 days ago
6.

Chris G    

People need to stop buying into these false, PR setup apologies

2853 days ago
7.

Shannon    

People get themselfs gift cards cause they can use them as a tax deduction. duh.
she can make it look like a gift.

2853 days ago
8.

thepocketslammer    

Even cooler people call Michael Richards a bigoted a**hole.

2853 days ago
9.

TJ    

Mario and Karina are one hot couple!! They sizzled on the dance floor.

2853 days ago
10.

Lenn K    

Michael, just shutup and go away for a while. You've said you're sorry that's all you have to say. Now you are going overboard. Just get on with your life and people will forget and go on to something else. Some people love to feed off this kind of stuff, most don't. You know who the race whores are.

2853 days ago
11.

Alix    

RIchards' apology doesn't mean sh*t .... was it suppose to. I abhore people who speak from their dirty souls, and then apologize because of public outcry. Stand by your bigotry and hatred, we know you meant everything you said. But then again, why not add cowardice to the filth that is already you.

2853 days ago
12.

Rachel    

Alix you would be the FIRST one to bitch and whine had he not apologized. So he does and here you are whining anyway. Now I'm sure there's not an ounce of bigotry and hatred in you, right??? You LOVE white people and would NEVER utter a racial slur. N*gga please

2853 days ago
13.

Aimee    

Poor Kramer, will he ever dig his way out of the hole. Already there are a million jokes on him, as in a humor site I like. Will it ever stop? I don't think so. Once the media smells blood they do not let go, whether deserving or not. In most cases NOT, in this case, hmmm, dunno.

2853 days ago
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Seriously    

I agree Michael xxxxed up and the media feeds on this crap.
But apologize to Jesse Jackson? The biggest media whore this
side of Parasite? Puhlease.

2853 days ago
15.

We, are not amused.    

Enough Allready!
You screwed up, you lost your cool, you apoligized get on with your life. You are forgiven by the vast majority of people, stand up is diffcult: ask Seinfield. Never lose your composure and never let hecklers get the best of you.

2853 days ago
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