Jerry Seinfeld teases the possibility of a ‘Seinfeld’ reunion
Jerry Seinfeld on Tuesday teased the remote possibility of a “Seinfeld” reunion, while his attorney responded to a lawsuit involving the comedian’s streaming series.
“I think I know where you’re going with this,” the Massapequa-raised Seinfeld, 63, told host Ellen DeGeneres, 60, on her talk show after she brought up the spate of old TV series being revived. “It’s possible,” Seinfeld allowed, that his classic sitcom, which ran from 1989 to 1998 on NBC, could be brought back, then said nothing more as the studio audience cheered.
In September, the comedian had responded, “Why?” when asked about the chance of even doing a reunion special, adding, “Maybe it’s nice that you continue to love it instead of us tampering with something that went pretty well.” He had told The Hollywood Reporter in 2016, “We did have an offer — I won’t say who from — to do a new, live episode of ‘Seinfeld’ on TV,” which he turned down.
Seinfeld co-creator Larry David devoted the seventh season of his HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” in 2009 to a fictionalized “Seinfeld” reunion episode, featuring all four of the original main cast.
Seinfeld, who topped the 2017 Forbes magazine list of the 10 highest-earning comedians, also talked about the love of coffee that spurred the creation of his streaming verité series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” which jumps to Netflix from Crackle for its upcoming tenth season.
He began drinking coffee “just a few years ago,” he said. “I never drank it my entire adult life. . . . Just before the series, I drank this drink, I go, ‘This is a fantastic drink and it really gets you chatty!’ So I thought, why don’t I do a show with comedians drinking coffee getting chatty?’ “
Coincidentally, the same day as the interview, Seinfeld’s attorney, Orin Snyder, confirmed to TMZ.com that Seinfeld was being sued by Christian Charles, who had claimed partial ownership in “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” The suit said that after Seinfeld had initially rejected Charles’ pitch in 2002, the star contacted him in 2011 and the two shot a pilot. When Charles wanted an ownership interest, the suit says, Seinfeld dropped him and produced the show himself.
“This lawsuit is delusional,” the attorney told TMZ in a statement. “Jerry independently created ‘Comedians in Cars’ and Mr. Charles only concocted this claim after the show became a commercial success. We are confident that this shakedown lawsuit will go nowhere.”