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'Seinfeld'

Should TBS Have Pulled

Suicide Episode?

2/26/2012 3:02 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


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Almost a week after "Seinfeld" star Daniel Von Bargen attempted suicide by shooting himself in the head, an episode of the show entitled "The Suicide" -- during which Jerry Seinfeld jokes about people who try and commit suicide, but fail (see above) -- aired on TBS.

The episode originally aired in 1992 and Von Bargen, who played Mr. Kruger, didn't begin his stint on the show until years later. The episode aired again last night. TBS had no comment.

So we gotta ask ...

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31.

Brian    

My girlfriend Michelle took it real hard since she is part of the whole Seinfeld scene here in San Diego.I got all Shrekish and made a Kreuger joke about screwing every job up, and she got all mad and poured my Dr Pepper down the drain and didnt make me my stuffed bell peppers for dinner....the drama the whole Seinfeld scene has created is bigger than Gingrich's descent in the poles!

780 days ago
32.

alumette    

Spot on as they would say. As now it seems insensitive, there is nothing like the humor of a good comedian. I am with him.

779 days ago
33.

anony    

CBS ran a rerun of Two and Half Men a couple of days ago that ended with Whitney Houston singing "I Will Always Love You" and they didn't pull it.

779 days ago
34.

Turf    

With all the hundreds of episodes of Seinfeld available to TBS, they could have held off airing this one for awhile. I wish the best to "Mr. Kruger", a very funny character.

779 days ago
35.

The Mayor    

People need to lighten up! Laugh a little before its too late!

779 days ago
36.

JDoors    

IF the jokes were made at the expense of the person who attempted suicide, of course it would be in poor taste. But the jokes had nothing whatsoever to do with the guy, were not directed at the guy, and were made ... what? Decades ago? Stop censorship based solely on how sensitive SOME people MIGHT be. The rest of us are not that delicate.

779 days ago
37.

Mike    

Who cares ....people are looking to far into it. How about the episode where Kruger spins around in the chair and tells george "Look 4 times no feet...it's all me"! One of his legs was already gone and the other was on its way....might as well pull that epsiode too.!!! Everyone needs to chill out and not get upset like george!! Gammys getting upset!!!

779 days ago
38.

lydia Matabi Wilson    

You've got to be kidding me, in this day and age with young people attached to their TV idols! The back lash could be costly, not to mention fatal! They should have pulled the episode, we don't need to highlight that selfish deed.

779 days ago
39.

Fzz    

Yes, let's ask the TMZ troll brigade to vote their opinion about issues of sensitivity and mercy. I'm sure their moral conscience will lead them in their click.

779 days ago
40.

Jude    

As a parent who lost a precious teenage son to suicide I am horrified that this show was ever aired let alone repeated when on eof it's actors made a suicide attempt.
Those lucky enough not to have suffered depression or other mental health issues should refrain negative comments. This is a serious health issue and should not be the butt of insensitive jokes.

776 days ago
41.

kada    

RIDE POSTMAN, RIDE!

774 days ago
42.

K-Uger    

Great show, original, wonderful character actor in so many iconic shows and movies, sad story, no reason to not air the episode. Haters, you deserve yourselves.

768 days ago
43.

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739 days ago
44.

stan sirgutz    

seinfeld was brilliant,jerry is vastly overrated,larry david is a marriage ref was the worstvshow ever, millions of ad and promotion,no,no,ratings,a totally seinfeld project,shows the 0 talent he vis and was ,larry david,is the genius jerry is not funny.

720 days ago
45.

Chris    

"So we gotta ask..."
Yeah, OK, well while your at it TMZ ask yourself which is worse A TV station not taking an episode titled "suicide" off it's syndication lineup even though it preceded and didn't even include the actor in question, or your blatant invasion and exploitation of that actor's privacy by selfishly publishing his desperate 911 call after shooting himself. Stop trying to act like you give a crap about the morality or sensitivity of the situation.

720 days ago
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