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For nine seasons and episodes, Seinfeld was essential viewing for fans of comedy the world over. There were tears, there were tantrums, there were moments when key cast members nearly quit, and other moments where some people ended up getting fired. Some episodes prompted widespread complaints, while others were simply scrapped before they even made it to broadcast.
Strange things were also known to happen during filming, while the line between fiction and reality was blurred from the off. There was method in the madness though, with this crazy combination of characters and scenarios ultimately combining to create something as funny today as it was back in the s. Still, some of the stuff that went on away from prying eyes was astonishing.
Larry David has long been credited as the inspiration for the character of George Costanza. He was not all that happy about it, though. I am stocky. George and I both went to Queens College with Jerry. George's high-school teacher nicknamed him 'Can't stand ya. George had a thing about bathrooms and parking spaces.
So do I. The case was eventually dismissed, with the judge explaining that the statute of limitations had run out on a lawsuit, arguing it should have been served when the first episode aired in During work on the third season of Seinfeld , when Julia Louis-Dreyfus was five months pregnant with her youngest child, Jerry Seinfeld approached his co-star with an interesting proposition.
Instead, Elaine spent much of the season hiding behind a series of well-placed boxes, woolly jumpers and big, thick, winter coats. Jason Alexander confirmed as much during an appearance on the The Howard Stern Show revealing Swedberg was written out because the rest of the cast struggled working with her. It's impossible,'" Alexander, claims. In the episode "The Soup Nazi", Jerry Seinfeld faces a dilemma: choose between his then-girlfriend or the vendor of a strictly run soup kitchen in New York who refused to serve her.
The "Soup Nazi" in question was based on a real person, Al Yeganeh, a famously mean and unsympathetic New York soup kitchen operator known for his strict rules with customers. He got fame through me. I made him famous. Seinfeld was subsequently banned for life from the soup kitchen. Anyone mentioning the word "nazi" also incurred a ban. He would never return to the show again, with co-star Julia Louis-Dreyfus later labelling Tierney as a "nut-job" feature over the incident on a behind-the-scenes documentary that featured on the season two DVD.
The episode is notable for the absence of both Kramer and George. Alexander lifted the lid on the incident during an interview with Access Hollywood. But if you do that again, do it permanently. David evidently took the warning onboard. Alexander returned as George the following week and featured in every episode of Seinfeld thereafter. He was hilarious — but that could occasionally pose a problem to his castmates, according to Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, the author of Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything.
The Seinfeld pilot was notable for featuring actress Lee Garlington in the place of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, as Claire, a waitress at the coffee shop regularly frequented by Jerry and George. There are conflicting stories as to why this happened. Though NBC Entertainment Chief Warren Littlefield later confirmed Garlington did tweak her lines, he insisted the change was made because they needed the female character to hang out more with George and Jerry.
The truth is unclear. Seinfeld was never afraid to push boundaries as anyone who ever saw "The Contest" can attest. However, one topic proved a little too much for the cast and crew of the hit sitcom. Jerry Seinfeld revealed as much during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session in which a fan of the show asked if there had ever been any Seinfeld plots that had to be scrapped because they "pushed the limits too far.
Seinfeld was surprisingly forthcoming in his answer, revealing that there had once been plans to make an episode of the show, entitled "The Bet", which tackled the tricky topic of gun ownership. A lot of other stuff happened, but trying to make that funny ended up being no fun.
Though the pair ranked among the most ardent supporters of Seinfeld , they struggled to get their he around the idea of an episode which saw the cast waiting for a table at a Chinese restaurant in real time. In fact, they were so worried about trying to rationalize the plotless episode to NBC bosses, they genuinely considered ending production on it. Ludwin was given short-shrift by Larry David though, who insisted that the episode was "in the spirit of the show. The late Phil Bruns was originally cast in the role, playing the part of Morty in only the second episode of the show, "The Stake Out".
However, after the episode aired, creator Larry David decided to make a change. Ultimately, this part of the plan was scrapped as Martin simply looked too old by then to appear in the pilot. Away from the cameras, the Seinfeld cast found themselves embroiled in a feud with their fellow sitcom stars over on Roseanne. Larry David and Jason Alexander decided to confront Barr and Arnold over the note, which only made things worse. The Seinfeld camp opted to leave things there rather than retaliate. Michael Richards may not have made that many friends among his cast mates during filming, thanks to the immersive and intense approach he took to the character of Kramer, but he was a firm favourite with studio audiences.
It reached a point whereby his fellow actors began complaining that the pacing of certain scenes and jokes was ificantly disrupted as a result of the abnormally long applause he generated upon arrival in any given episode. In the end, studio audiences attending Seinfeld tapings were asked to refrain from clapping Kramer for so long. Though the other members of the cast might argue it was more about maintaining the comedic integrity of the show, some fans may think otherwise.
That only added the nervous feeling on set. Are you sure you're not ruining Julia Louis-Dreyfus's career? Just like in Seinfe l d , David and Kramer left the doors to their respective apartments unlocked, allowing each other to come and go as they pleased. Originally, Jerry Seinfeld and David had wanted to call the character Kessler. However, they eventually relented and named him Kramer, despite concerns that Kenny might exploit the name. Though that might not seem like a lot, Kramer was able to profit from his association with the show eventually with the creation of the Kramer Reality Tour.
The second-to-last episode of Seinfeld prompted widespread complaints from the Puerto Rican community and an apology from NBC. In the episode, the gang get stuck in a traffic jam caused by the Puerto Rican Day Parade. During this time, Kramer tosses a sparkler, accidentally lighting a Puerto Rican flag in the process. He then attempts to put it out by stomping on it. Several partygoers spot this and begin chasing him. The scenes were branded am ''unconscionable insult'' by Manuel Mirabal, the president of the National Puerto Rican Coalition.
NBC president Robert Wright apologized, insisting no offence had been intended. The episode was initially removed from syndication as a result of the controversy. A little under 80 million people tuned in to see the last episode of Seinfeld , including Nancy Sinatra, who would go on to regret the decision.
Her father, the legendary singer Frank Sinatra, passed away during the west coast airing of the show. Nancy had been planning to visit her dad that evening but ended up watching Seinfeld reruns in the build-up to the broadcast of the finale. A report in Daily News read:"'There wasn't much traffic,' he said, noting reports that the episode kept L. But there may have been a little more to it than that. When I was thinking about quitting the show, I thought, nine. People said, '10 — why not 10? Nine is my . And then I found out that nine in numerology means completion. Did we forget any other dark secrets about Seinfeld?
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