Jerry Seinfeld Speaks Out On Infamous Larry King Interview After His Death

Jerry Seinfeld On Larry King Interview After His Death
January 26, 2021 - 18:07 / Lucas Anderson

Jerry Seinfeld has addressed his infamous Larry King interview following the death of the legendary broadcaster. In the 2007 interview, Seinfeld chided King over a comment about his sitcom, Seinfeld, being cancelled rather than having ended it on his own terms. It gained notoriety as an awkward interview moment, but Seinfeld has now spoken out, calling it just a "bit" and expressing his admiration for the late King.

Jerry Seinfeld has clarified his infamous "cancelled" interview with Larry King.

King, the legendary TV host and broadcaster, died at age 87 on Saturday, after which Seinfeld paid tribute and made it clear that his 2007 interview with King was just a "bit."  He tweeted: "Always loved Larry King and will miss him. The 'canceled' bit was just me having fun with his little mistake. Nothing more. Or less."

Jerry Seinfeld clears up Larry King "cancelled" interview

In the Larry King Live clip, King was talking Seinfeld with his guest, referencing how the show ended in 1998 after nine seasons. "You gave it up, right?" King asked. "They didn't cancel you — you cancelled them?"

Seinfeld responded incredulously, in a moment that gained notoriety for being awkward, even if the comedian was joking. "You're not aware of this? You think I got cancelled?" Seinfeld said. "Are you under the impression I got cancelled? I thought that was pretty well-documented. Is this still CNN?"

"Yeah, no, I went off the air," he explained. "I was the No. 1 show on television, Larry. Do you know who I am? 75 million viewers, last episode." King interjected with a wry smile, "Boy, don't take it so bad."

Seinfeld added, "Well, it's a big difference between being canceled and being No. 1." King replied, "Okay, I'm sorry!" The pair then exchanged barbs as King cut to commercial.

Jerry Seinfeld pays tribute to Larry King (1933-2021)

Following King's death on Saturday, Jan. 23, Seinfeld took to Twitter, where he shared his tribute and restated that the 2007 interview was all in good fun.

Seinfeld was among the many to mourn the loss of King, an influential broadcaster and longtime TV presence in many homes. His three surviving sons also shared a statement after his passing, remembering their "amazing father." King was 87.