So here’s something: Jerry Seinfeld is not on the autism spectrum, according to Jerry Seinfeld.
“I don’t have autism, I’m not on the spectrum,” the 60-year-old comedian told Billy Bush. “I just was watching this play about it and thought, ‘Why am I relating to this?’ I related to it on some level. That’s all I was saying.”
During his earlier interview with Williams, Seinfeld said he could identify with particular symptoms that are often associated debilitating neurological condition.
“I think, on a very drawn-out scale, I think I’m on the spectrum,” the “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” host told Williams. “Basic social engagement is really a struggle. I’m very literal, when people talk to me and they use expressions, sometimes I don’t know what they’re saying.”
“But I don’t see it as dysfunctional,” he added. “I just think of it as an alternate mindset.”
Seinfeld’s original comments drew a mixed reaction from the autistic community, with some viewing his statement as a step toward normalizing a misunderstood condition and others viewing his remarks as grossly insensitive.
“My kids’ lives are irrevocably altered by autism and not in a good way,” Kim Stagliano — the managing editor of the Age of Autism and the mother of three autistic girls — told The Post after Seinfeld’s self-diagnosis. “Autism is a neurological condition that requires a clinical diagnosis based on serious behaviors and issues and challenges. It’s a medical diagnosis, not a personality or a gift.”
In his interview with “Access Hollywood,” Seinfeld didn’t apologize for what he’d said. But, he said: “Comedians mess up all the time, you know, that’s just part of that business.”
And what about the social awkwardness Seinfeld had attributed to the being on the spectrum in his previous interview?
“All the comedians that we’ve had on ‘Comedians In Cars,'” Seinfeld said, “usually at some point in the show…I ask them, ‘Do you have trouble talking to just regular people?’ And they always say yes. They always say yes.”