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November 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Michael Richards, famous for his role as Kramer on Seinfeld, has acknowledged that he felt so humiliated by his own conduct during his notorious eruption at a comedy club in 2006 that he has removed himself from show business altogether. Appearing as a guest on a mostly light-hearted episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s Internet series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Richards becomes introspective at the end, observing, “You know those performers who just love it? It was always a struggle with me.” To which Seinfeld waves off the remark and responds, “No, no, I don’t accept the judging of process. It doesn’t matter that you like to rehearse with your nose up against the flat [stage set] saying lines. We’re all trying to get to the same island, whether you swim, fly, surf, or skydive in, it doesn’t matter. What matters is when the red light [camera] comes on.” Richards seems unsure. “Because sometimes I look back on the show and I think I should have enjoyed myself more.” Seinfeld responds: “Michael, I could say that myself, but that was not our job. Our job is not for us to enjoy; our job is to make sure they enjoy it, and that’s what they did.” Seinfeld’s comment appears to strike home. “Ah,” says Richards. “That’s beautiful, because I think I worked selfishly and not selflessly. It’s not about me, it’s about them. Now, that’s a lesson I learned seven years ago when I blew it at the comedy club with my temper, because somebody interrupted my act and said things that hurt me and I lashed out in anger.” (Richards was referring to the incident in which a black patron shouted that he didn’t think Richards was funny. Richards blew up at the heckler with a string of racially charged invectives.) Seinfeld asks him whether he would like to return to stand-up comedy. Richards, seems stunned by the question, then, stammering, admits, “I busted up after that event. It broke me down. … I took it too personally, and I should have just said, “You’re absolutely right, I’m not funny. I think I’ll go home and work on my material, blah, blah, blah.” He then thanks Seinfeld “for sticking by me.” However, looking pained, he tells him, “Inside, it still kicks me around.” Seinfeld then closes the conversation by advising him. “It’s up to you to say, ‘I’ve been carrying this bag long enough. I’m going to put it down.”