Sorry Jimmy Kimmel, Jerry Seinfeld isn’t impressed with your planned homage to David Letterman.
Earlier this week, Kimmel announced he would air a re-run of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” opposite Letterman’s final “Late Show” on May 20, so as not to compete with the departing late night legend.
Count Seinfeld as someone who isn’t exactly touched by the gesture.
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“Is that a classy move?” Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush asked Seinfeld in an exclusive new interview. “You’re not moved?”
“No,” Seinfeld quipped. “He loves Dave so much. We get it. We understand.”
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The comedian – who is now focused on his “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” web series – suggested that if Kimmel really wanted to pay tribute to Letterman, he shouldn’t air anything at all.
“Why not put up a test pattern if you really want to respect the guy?” Seinfeld suggested. “I think TV Land put up a test pattern on the night of my [‘Seinfeld’] finale out of respect. That was a very nice gesture.
“That’s what I would do,” Seinfeld added, with a smile. “That’s a real tip of the cap!”
In related “Late Show” news, Seinfeld also addressed the long-running rumor that Letterman’s bandleader, Paul Shaffer, was originally offered the role of George Costanza (which eventually went to Jason Alexander) – but Shaffer never returned Seinfeld’s call regarding the role.
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“Not true,” Seinfeld insisted, dispelling the tale Shaffer told in his own 2009 memoir. “I don’t know where he got that idea.”
— Eric Anderson
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