Michael 'Kramer' Richards Talks To Jerry Seinfeld About Racist Tirade: 'It Broke Me Down'
Shamed comedian Michael Richards has opened up to Jerry Seinfeld about the racist tirade that railroaded his career six years ago, and RadarOnline.com has video of their heartfelt chat.
In a candid interview with his former Seinfeld co-star, he admits he is still haunted by incident, saying: "It broke me down."
In November 2006 the man who played Cosmo Kramer in the hit comedy caused a media storm after video of him repeatedly calling a heckler a "n*****" was leaked.
Richards was doing a stand-up routine at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood at the time.
In footage filmed by another audience member he is shown hurling racist abuse saying: "Throw his ass out…He’s a n*****! Look there’s a n*****!"
After laying low for years Richards has spoken to his former co-star for Seinfeld’s Crackle.com web series, "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee."
On the subject of being a "selfless" performer, he says: "That’s a lesson I learned…when I blew it in the comedy club. I lost my temper ‘cause somebody interrupted my act and said some things that hurt me and I lashed out in anger.
"I should have been working selflessly that evening…
"It was a selfish response. I took it too personally and I should have just said: ‘Yeah, you’re absolutely right. I’m not funny. I think I’ll go home and work on my material and I’ll see you tomorrow night...
"But – you know – it was just one of those nights."
He added: "I busted up after that event...It broke me down."
Richards goes on to thank Seinfeld for publicly supporting, him, saying: "And thanks for sticking by me. It meant a lot to me.
"But inside it still kicks me around…"
At one point during their meeting – as the two friends drive from Richards’ home to a Malibu coffee shop – the comedian suggests Seinfeld stop to drop in on his "friend" African-American boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.
But instead they go to the house of Ghost Whisperer actor Jay Mohr. At first Richards claims he made a "mistake," before admitting to Seinfeld that he really doesn’t know Leonard at all.
Watch the video on Crackle.com here.
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