If you haven't heard already, Michael Richards (Kramer on Seinfeld) recently exploded on some hecklers in one of his stand-up acts in Los AngelesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Laugh Factory. I'm still not sure of my opinion on this but I'll give you the story from www.ExtraTV.com:
KramerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Controversial Comedic Catastrophe
November 20, 2006
Michael RichardsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ racist N-word-laced rant is sending shockwaves across America.
Leading entertainment website TMZ.com obtained the explosive video of Richards, best known as the lovable, laughable Kramer on Ã¢â‚¬Å“Seinfeld,Ã¢â‚¬Â on a stunning screaming tirade at hecklers last Friday at Los AngelesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Laugh Factory.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Throw his a** out,Ã¢â‚¬Â Richards said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a n*****. A n*****. Look, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a n*****!Ã¢â‚¬Â
When Richards told a heckler that his booÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s were uncalled for, and the heckler fired back, Richards spouted out, Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s uncalled for you to interrupt my a**, you cheap mother-f*****. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to arrest me for calling a black man a n*****?Ã¢â‚¬Â
Richards refused to stop, even as audience members walked out in disgust.
A minute later, Richards finally walked off stage.
On Monday, the fallout intensified at The Laugh Factory.
Jerry Seinfeld told Ã¢â‚¬Å“Extra,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am sick over this. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure Michael is also sick over this horrible, horrible mistake. It is so extremely offensive. I feel terrible for all the people who have been hurt.Ã¢â‚¬Â
George Wallace, SeinfeldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good friend who performs standup nightly at the Flamingo in Vegas, heard the story from Seinfeld himself early Monday and had this stern message for Michael.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Do you hear me? You cannot use the N word,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
Now Ã¢â‚¬Å“ExtraÃ¢â‚¬Â has learned that Jerry will likely speak out about the controversy on Letterman.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Jerry is going to be on Letterman tonight, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be talking about it,Ã¢â‚¬Â Wallace said.
On Monday, Harvey Levin, managing editor of TMZ.com, which obtained the explosive video, predicted that the scandal will eclipse Mel GibsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s anti-Semitic tirade.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think this is going to become a big deal,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
As of now, Richards, who had so much to say that night on stage, has yet to issue a statement or an apology.
Here's the video of the" incident" *NSFW*: link.
So pretty extreme as you can see. But Michael has recently appeared on the David Letterman show while Jerry Seinfeld was his guest and apologized for the whole thing. Here is that video.
I will just say I do sympathize for Michael with not having a lot of work or none for quite some time and he and the rest of the cast of "Seinfeld" were legendary T.V. stars during the shows airing, and still somewhat are, and going from that extreme to doing some stand-up in clubs I can just imagine the type of negative effect that could have on him. Still what happened at that club was completely unacceptable. Anyway I hope he can recover from this.