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From Stand-Up To Shut Up

Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman on Monday's show, which aired Michael Richards's apology.
Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman on Monday's show, which aired Michael Richards's apology. (By Jeffrey Neira -- Cbs Via Ap)

Rubenstein, Richards's spokesman, is the go-to guy for celebrities who have really stepped in it. Clients have included Benz-as-crowd-disperser publicist Lizzie Grubman, Michael Jackson, Denise Rich, George Steinbrenner, Marv Albert -- it's a long list.

Rubenstein told The TV Column yesterday that Richards acknowledged having made the derogatory comments about Jews at the Improv.

Richards told him it was all an act.

Rubinstein says Richards told him, "I'm not anti-Semitic. I was playing a role and poking fun at the rednecks."

And besides, Rubenstein said, Richards "himself is Jewish."

"He was poking fun at rough-and-tumble people," Rubenstein continued.

"He also says 'I'm a hothead' and he acknowledges he says inappropriate things from time to time. But he's certainly not anti-Semitic."

Okay -- how about misogynistic?

According to comedian Michaels's ramblings on the Web site Moron Life, she and Richards both performed at an L.A. club in October. As she was picking up his tape recorder, which had somehow fallen and come apart at the end of his performance, she writes, he came up to her and said, "You're a [expletive], [same expletive], [still the same expletive], dirty little [sticking with that expletive], on and on, and I started thinking to myself, you know, I only accept those kinds of terms of endearment from my Dad or Grandma . . . not from some [expletive] who is using his fame to be a [expletive]!!"

I didn't say she was a great comic.

Anyway, she writes that after about an hour of "Kramer" talking to the manager, "Kramer and I ended up talking outside."

"He asks me, 'Are we Ok'?


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