Host rips into Seinfeld star’s racial slur

Joy Behar reminded Michael Richards on an episode of The View that the world of comedy has changed rapidly.

The His field The star stopped by the daytime talk show and talked about his racist outburst toward a group of black hecklers at a comedy show in 2006, Decider reports.

“So, I’m standing on stage with a microphone in my hand, performing a number, recording a piece, it’s late at night,” he explained when co-host Sunny Hostin asked him what happened that fateful night.

“A man in the audience made an announcement. I’m not funny – he doesn’t find me very funny. I came back.”

Richards continued, “First of all, I have to say that I’m not a normal person… There’s a lot of eccentricity in my brand of comedy. Of course, I could never have created a character like Kramer without being a little touched. So I stepped into the role. I work in a comedy club where the N-word is used a lot. And I decided to let it loose.”

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Behar, a fellow comedian, noted that the racial slur is “no longer used” in comedy because “those days are over.”

“For me they certainly are,” Richards replied, to which Behar replied, “For everyone.”

After Richards’ rant went viral, he became more of a recluse.

“By the way, cancel culture, I’ve excluded myself… The anger just channeled itself into a character,” he told the panel. “I felt like I was hit, so I hit back. That person got hit, I’m going even deeper.”

He added that the incident still affected him “very emotionally” even 18 years later.

Richards, whose memoirs Inputs and outputs came out today, recently looked back in an interview with People.

“Anger is quite a force. But it happened,” he said. “Instead of running away from it, I jumped in at the deep end and tried to learn from it. It wasn’t easy. The crisis managers wanted me to do damage control. But as far as I was concerned, the damage was within me.”

He added: “I’m not racist. I have nothing against black people. The man who told me I wasn’t funny had just said what I’ve been telling myself for some time. I felt humiliated. I wanted to humiliate him.”

This article originally appeared in Decider and has been reproduced with permission

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