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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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get a life people    

I don't see any black people saying they are sorry when they trash whites....I think he said what he felt.....He is just kissing ass now cause he is worried he will lose money....

2831 days ago
17.

get a life people    

Come on get over it...He said what he felt and meant it...What about the n*ggars on tv asking for money...Are you kidding me...SInce when is it against the law to call a person what they are....He said he was sorry only cause he woke up sober and realized he was going to lose a sh*t load of money.......How many n*ggars get on tv and trash white people...I don't think they are on tv saying they are sorry....They just hold out there hand for money...

2831 days ago
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Jeff    

I was horrified at those who supported Richards on here last week but the way you framed that story on him is totally bullsh*t and you know it. I listened to the 2-hour show w/ Jesse Jackson yesterday and his reference to cool people was towards rappers who use it in lyrics. It was a similar theme echoed throughout the program by Jackson, as well as an environment of racism based on the lack of African Americans on television, particularly comics, and the lack of blacks as hosts of cable news programs. When you're playing to race relations, you should be a lot more careful putting things in proper context. This is serious business. Shame on TMZ.

2831 days ago
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Jeff    

Oh and by the way to the idiotic racists who continue to comment on here treating Kramer as your hero, Richards also told Jackson he was horrified by those who had gotten ahold of his phone number to voice their approval of his comments.

2831 days ago
20.

Jenna    

Karina is one lucky gal,Mario is a beautiful man. I seen a pic of him naked.

He is beautiful.

2831 days ago
21.

luvgabe    

Best news I've read for a while: that Madonna's TV show tanked. It seems the American people actually do have some good sense!

2831 days ago
22.

Janet    

Michael got caught up in the moment and spoke his true feelings. I wish more people would do the same and stop hiding behind the #1 racist comment ever, " I have plenty of black friends". Pleeease!!!!
And Bush is not a racist either just b/c he appointed Condelezza Rice to his cabinet. Pleeease!!! He pimps her ass all the time.

2831 days ago
23.

t.b    

give it a rest all ready. all the n+ggers are always calling each other n*ggers so what is the big deal. i say n*gger but that doesnt mean im a racist. hell, there are white n*ggers too.(white trash). he has a right to speak what he wants and you cant tell me that 90% of the people in this world have not said n*gger!! we all say it.

2831 days ago
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Rei M.    

I personally accept Mr. Michael Richards apology. Let's face it, we all say terrible things out of anger when provoked. Yes, what he said was awful and inappropriate, however the man the was being heckled, he was embarrassed, and he responded out of humiliation. I am African american woman, and I say give him another chance. I pray we all learn from this unfortunate incident and strive to get along, and respect one another. Mr. Richards needs Jesus, we all need Jesus.

2831 days ago
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Rei M.    

I personally accept Mr. Michael Richards apology. Let's face it, we all say terrible things out of anger when provoked. Yes, what he said was awful and inappropriate, however the man the was being heckled, he was embarrassed, and he responded out of humiliation. I am African american woman, and I say give him another chance. I pray we all learn from this unfortunate incident and strive to get along, and respect one another. Mr. Richards needs Jesus, we all need Jesus.

2831 days ago
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marcee    

wow, i was just reading #20, you have alot of issue's just like kramer. i bet you wouldn't have the balls to say that someone's face, your a** would be history! you are a coward just like kramer you hide behind your computer!!!!!

2831 days ago
27.

Satanasc    

Me personally I could less when a comedian says the N word. It is probably the most common thing said next to bitch. While it is not cute it is a part of society that comedians joke about. I wish people would stop using it but, I dont see that happening any time soon.

The thing I did take serious offense to was his comments something to the effect of 50 years ago we would hang your ass and stick a fork in your ass or something like that. This comment went WAY over the top and I am suprised that this is not the issue and that him simply saying the N word is. This is FAR more racist and hateful and deplorable than simply saying a word that has nearly lost its original meaning over the years of constant use in all communities. He better do alot more than appologize for his I'll hang you etc comment. This kind of talk is what creates a mob mentality that causes sick stuff like lychings to happen.

2831 days ago
28.

H. Lewis Smith    

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29.

melissa    

he to me was in the wrong in way but people you have to realize blacks call each other n*****s whosss sooooooo wrongggggg?????????

2831 days ago
30.

Nick    

Richards is a racists and needs to just close his trap. The more he talks about it the more he comes off more like an idiot on top off being a racists.

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