Jerry Seinfeld Actually Defends Roseanne Barr

First, Jerry Seinfeld refuses to hug Kesha. Now he’s defending Roseanne Barr, of all people.

Remember how Roseanne Barr got fired for her racist tweets?

Seinfeld thinks that canning her was overkill.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Jerry Seinfeld defends Roseanne Barr, which has left a lot of people scratching their heads and others outraged.

“I didn’t see why it was necessary to fire her,” Seinfeld said.

Seinfeld then hits his interviewer with a very peculiar analogy.

“Why would you murder someone who’s committing suicide?” Seinfeld asks.

The suggestion seems to be that Roseanne was killing her own show or career and that ABC should have “let the market decide” when her show would end.

That perspective is both devoid of moral judgment and, quite frankly, seems to be willfully ignoring broader PR and business concerns for ABC and for Disney.

Mostly, Seinfeld sounds bewildered at how quickly Roseanne sabotaged her own career and her own show.

“But I never saw someone ruin their entire career with one button push,” Seinfeld muses.

ABC greenlit a Roseanne spinoff, The Connors. This will give 200 people, including the cast, jobs for at least another season.

(We would point out that some of those crew members may have missed other job opportunities since they were already on Roseanne, so this is very welcome news)

Jerry Seinfeld has opinions about that, too.

“I think they should get another Roseanne.” Seinfeld suggests.

Recasting someone for that famous titular role would be a bizarre choice, especially since the character’s name is also the actor’s name.

“They brought Dan Conner back,” Seinfeld points out.

Seinfeld mentions that the character’s resurrection is somewhat famous, pointing out that “he was dead and they brought him back.”

For that reason, he believes, a simple recasting wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagination.

“So,” Seinfeld asks, with Dan’s resurrection in mind. “Why can’t we get another Roseanne?”

For one thing, Barr would probably have to sign off on that.

Seinfeld argues: “There’s other funny women that could do that part.”

Sure. But … what, some wonder, would be the point of making an awkward situation more awkward?

“You need,” Seinfeld insists. “To get the comic in there.”

“I hate to see a comic lose a job,” he laments.

A pity that he doesn’t reserve some of that hate for dehumanizing racism.

Twitter saw Seinfeld’s comments and responded by excoriating him.

One person tweeted: “Please f–k off Jerry, thank you!”

Short and to the point. Not terribly sweet, though.

Another tried to explain: “Hello. Disney is an international company. By Keeping her they’re saying the agree with her views. Think about the repercussions this could have on Disney around the world. They had no choice.”

Very reasonable.

Another tweeted: “well Curb > Seinfeld so yea.”

That is referring to Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Another settled for a gentle burn: “Seinfeld, didn’t his show get cancelled?”

To clarify, Roseanne has years of history of being explicitly racist on Twitter. We don’t mean “edgy” humor. We mean sincere tweets about combatting “Jewish mind-control.”

Roseanne has also expressed the belief that Donald Trump is conducting secret arrests of non-existent Illuminati pedophile rings. She routinely shares fringe-right conspiracy theories on social media.

So, while one particular tweet became the focus of viewers’ ire, Roseanne hardly ended her career with a single button-push.

Instead, it was death of a thousand cuts, and that tweet, if you’ll allow mixed metaphors, was the final straw.


Jerry Seinfeld SLAMS the Kardashians. Find Out Why.

Earlier this week, Jerry Seinfeld made (hilarious) headlines for rejecting a hug attempt by Kesha.

On the red carpet of an event in New York City, the comedian was approached by the enthusiastic singer, who wanted nothing more than to embrace one of her favorite celebrities.

But Seinfeld wasn’t having it.

He was polite. He wasn’t mean to the artist or anything.

But he said “no thanks” three times in response to three separate requests for a quick embrace.

In case you somehow missed it, fear not! You can check out the viral footage below.

It’s pretty terrific:

After being told just how many people watched his dissing of Kesha, Seinfeld told a reporter that he meant no harm.

He really had no clue who she was and he doesn’t like to hug total strangers.

“I’m sure I would’ve liked her. But I need to know who [you are],” Seinfeld said to Extra, being sure to clarify that he meant no offense to Kesha by his gesture.

This is all a long preamble to say that Seinfeld did, indeed, mean A LOT of offense to Kim Kardashain and her family members in an interview with Mr. Porter.

Asked by the magazine about his parenting style, Seinfeld said he never loses his temper around his kids.

As you might imagine, he’s a pretty even-keeled father.


“The one time I really, really got upset was when my daughter was watching the Kardashians on her phone in her bed and I could not take that scene.”

For what reason?

As someone who created what some believe is the best show in TV history, and as someone who had to work extremely hard to have that opportunity, Seinfeld just can’t handle how little the Kardashians have done to earn their fame and fortune.

He explained his view as follows:

“For someone who for their whole life, television was the Olympics of being a comedian. It was only for the very best. You had to have everything.

“You had to go through all the different hierarchies of your career to get to television.”

This is why Seinfeld is “offended by reality television on many levels” and why he believes Keeping Up with the Kardashians “is the premiere example of reality television.”

Concluded the long-time star:

“These people are not doing anything interesting.”

Yes, this is ironic coming from a guy who proudly produced a show “about nothing,” as Seinfeld often described his beloved sitcom.

But it’s pretty easy to see what he means.

Stand-up comedians really do toil away in front of crowds of 25… and then maybe 50… and then maybe they cross the 100-person barrier.

But they travel across the country and earn very little and stay at crappy hotels as they build any semblance of a career.

The lucky and talented ones can eventually earn enough to make a living in this industry; the VERY lucky and talented ones star in their own show that lasts for many seasons and go down in history as a true legend.

As for Kim Kardashian?

She got plowed hard by Ray J on video and took off her clothes a bunch of times on Instagram.

Not exactly the same path to stardom.

As you can see above, Seinfeld isn’t the first celebrity to come out and say negative things about the Kardashians.

Although his take on them was more reasoned and measured than many before them.

Click around above to see what we mean.