Kramer, 57, said during a David Letterman interview: "I was at the comedy club trying to do my act and got heckled and I took it badly and went into a rage. I'm really busted up over this, and I'm very, very sorry to those people in the audience, the blacks, the Hispanics and the white, everybody who was there and took the brunt of that anger, and hate and rage and how it came through."
The racist outburst tape featuring Kramer (Michael Richards), was made public by Tmz. It shows the former Kramer Cosmo-playing actor insulting what he called "hecklers" for several minutes, swearing and calling them "niggers."
Even Jerry Seinfeld expressed regret in Extra TV Show for Richards racism-laden outburst:
"I am sick over this. I'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."
The outburst led to Michael Richards being banned from the Laugh Factory, but not before being given the chance, the Saturday following the incident, to apologize to those attending the show.
Laugh Factory co-owner Paul Rodriguez: "It was unfortunate, it was sad. Mr Richards is banned. I was at the back watching this, and I kept waiting for a punchline that could justify the words before it. It didn't come."
Jerry Seinfeld made Michael Richards famous by giving him the role of Cosmo Kramer in "Seinfeld." Jason Alexander (George Louis Costanza), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine Marie Benes) also got a big career boost from playing roles in "Seinfeld"
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