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Michael 'Kramer' Richards Talks To Jerry Seinfeld About Racist Tirade: 'It Broke Me Down'

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Sep. 28 2012, Published 6:00 a.m. ET

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Shamed comedian Michael Richards has opened up to Jerry Seinfeld about the racist tirade that railroaded his career six years ago, and 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.

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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 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.

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"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.



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