Jerry Seinfeld Seeks Forgiveness from Howard Stern After Dismissing His Humor

Exploring the intricate dynamics of celebrity public feuds

by Zain ul Abedin
Jerry Seinfeld Seeks Forgiveness from Howard Stern After Dismissing His Humor
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Jerry Seinfeld has publicly apologized to Howard Stern following comments he made that downplayed Stern’s comedic prowess. The renowned comedian expressed regret over his words, which were shared during a casual chat with fellow comedians David Spade and Dana Carvey on the topic of the proliferating number of comedy podcasts.

In a statement released to Page Six on Wednesday, Seinfeld clarified his intentions and extended an olive branch to Stern, a longtime friend. “I really feel bad for what I said about my friend Howard Stern in a conversation with David Spade and Dana Carvey, talking about the glut of comedy podcasts,” Seinfeld explained.

He admitted that his choice of words, particularly 'outflanked,' came off as "terrible and insulting". He emphasized that these emerging podcasts pose no threat to Stern’s established and vastly popular show. Seinfeld continued, “And of course, none of these little shows are any threat to his giant show.

Anyway, it was bad and I’m sorry, Howie. I still love you. Please forgive me”.

Stern's Feud History

The conversation initially arose from a discussion on the rise of podcasts. Seinfeld acknowledged Stern’s pioneering contributions to the medium, albeit with a playful jab: “But we’re better than him now,” he quipped.

When pressed by Carvey and Spade about Stern’s capabilities beyond interviewing, Seinfeld candidly questioned Stern’s comedic chops, which led to his regrettable comments. This isn’t the first time Stern has been at the center of public feuds.

Notably, last year during the “Dark Side of the 2000s” docuseries, radio personality Mancow Muller opened up about his long-standing feud with Stern, which included some particularly harsh exchanges during a challenging period in Muller’s life.

Seinfeld’s apology highlights the often intricate and intertwined relationships within the entertainment industry, where words can sometimes bridge or widen gaps between even its most iconic figures. The incident serves as a reminder of the complexities of personal and professional dynamics in the public eye, particularly in an era where every comment can be scrutinized and potentially magnified by social media and other digital platforms.