Richards Apologizes On Letterman

Michael Richards apologized for his rascist rant at a comedy club last week for during a taping of The David Letterman Show.

Jerry Seinfeld was appearing on the show and said he had asked Richards to also appear--he did so remotely--to try to explain himself, saying he thought Richards deserved the chance.

Ealier in the day, Seinfeld called it a horrible mistake and in essence apologized for Richards for the hurt the comments had caused.

A clearly shaken Richards told the Letterman audience that he was deeply sorry and that he had lost control after being repeatedly heckled during his act.

Richards, who gained fame as Kramer on Seinfeld's hit NBC sitcom, said he was not a racist.

African American patrons of the club--and everybody else--got a different vibe when Richards angrily and repeatedly used the 'n' word in reference to the heckler and made a reference to lynching.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.