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Jerry Seinfeld Told Seth Meyers He Was "Really Bothered" For Having To Apologize For A Gay Joke

Highlights

  • Seinfeld slams Stern, frustrated with PC comedy climate.
  • Unapologetic about gay joke backlash, calls out PC culture.
  • Refuses to prepare for interviews, takes jabs at current comedy landscape.


We have seen this a plenty in the past, Jerry Seinfeld ranting against others. Seinfeld slammed Howard Stern, while his silence about Joe Rogan on The Club Random podcast also spoke volumes.

On the flip side, fans have went after Jerry for his inability to evolve. That was on full display almost a decade ago during an appearance with Seth Meyers on Late Night. Jerry took exception to the fact that his humor was “crossing a line” at the time. We’re going to reveal what was said, and how Seinfeld reacted to one of his own gay jokes that caused controversy.

In addition, we’ll reveal why his interview with Meyers almost a decade ago took an awkward twist. Seinfeld told the host, flat out, he didn’t want to be there. We’ll reveal how Meyers got out of that mess, and so much more.


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Jerry Seinfeld Told Seth Meyers He Was Annoyed About Having To Be Politically Correct With His Comedy

Almost a decade ago, Jerry Seinfeld appeared alongside Seth Meyers on Late Night. The interview was vintage Seinfeld, as he took exception to various topics. One of them was the political climate at the time, which was taking exception to several jokes. Seinfeld made it clear he was tired of political correctness, and the, “creepy PC thing out there.”

Seinfeld explained one instance of telling a gay joke, and being told to apologize after it.

“They keep moving the lines in for some reason. I do this joke about the way people justify about using their cell phone. You don’t seem important the way you scroll through them like a gay French king. I did this line recently in front of a live audience. They thought, ‘What do you mean gay? What are you doing? What do you mean gay?'” Seinfeld concludes, “And I thought, are you kidding me? There’s a creepy PC thing out there that really bothers me.”


Seth Meyers agreed that at the time, comedians were being told that they were going over the line more times than ever before.

Despite so much time having passed since the interview, Seinfeld is still unsure about today’s current comedy landscape.

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The interview moment got a lot of media attention, with over 2.4 million fans tuning in.

For the most part, the audience on YouTube agreed with Seinfeld, especially given that Jerry’s style of comedy is very clean cut.


  • Fans shared their opinions. The most liked comments wrote:
  • “Seinfeld is one of the “cleanest” comics out there and the fact that he’s hitting speech barriers is troubling. Very troubling.”
  • “George Carlin famously said ” As a comedian, if I’m not crossing the line, I’m not doing my job.””
  • “Ironically, Seth Meyers is big in the PC crowd.”

Ironically, fans pointed the finger back at Seth Meyers after Jerry made his point. It was a tough night for the host in general, as, although he scored big time with Jerry as his guest, the comedian made it clear he did not want to be there…

Jerry Seinfeld Refused To Prepare For His Interview With Seth Meyers

Seinfeld made it clear, he didn’t have to be a guest on Seth Meyers’ talk show. Jerry took things a step further, and revealed what the interview process was like prior to being on the show. Jerry revealed that Meyers’ producer wanted him to come up with a bit for the show, but Jerry couldn’t understand why he was told to put in the work for the interview.

He tells Meyers, “I’ve done a few things, you know. And I feel like you want this job, you want to be talk show guy, so I think you should do the work. Because let’s be completely candid, I did not call you to say, ‘I’d love to be on your show.’”


“I don’t have time for this, I don’t really need it, I don’t want it, but they keep calling,” Seinfeld said. “So eventually I say, ‘OK, fine, I will go on.’ So then what do you think his producer says? ‘So what do you want to do?’ I don’t want to do anything! I don’t want to be on these shows!”

jerry seinfeld and seth meyers late night interview
via NBC

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Seinfeld clearly exposed the process, while making his intentions very clear about appearing on the show. Although it did make for an awkward moment, it also made things that much more entertaining as the two sides were just talking, without anything planned out beforehand.

Jerry Senifeld did not appear on Late Night with Seth Meyers during his press tour for
Unfrosted.


Jerry Seinfeld Took A Jab At The Current Landscape Of Comedy

Jerry has been attacked by fans in the past for being out of touch, especially when it comes to the current generation. That particular mindset was on full display during his chat with Bill Maher on the Club Random podcast. It seems like Seinfeld wasn’t particularly thrilled with the current landscape of late night television. He had plenty of praise for Johnny Carson. However, he nervously switched subjects when discussing Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon.

“These guys, it is not a coincidence that they’re there. Whether politically, entertainment industry, corporate world, a lot of people are there for a reason.”

Bill Maher and Jerry Seinfeld
via YouTube


Jerry continues, “Well, what do we have now?” We have Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon.” Maher interjects, “I think they are right for their era.” Seinfeld responds, “In that?” The silence and change of subject that followed spoke volumes…

Despite his thoughts, Seinfeld appeared on both
JImmy Kimmel Live
, and
The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon
while promoting
Unfrosted.

Reactions tend to be very different looking at Jerry’s recent “rant.” Some fans feel as though the comedian has never evolved, and is still stuck in the ’90s. On the flip side, there are other fans that agree with his take, and constant rants. Whether fans like it or not, Jerry still has people talking.