Jerry Seinfeld Defends Seinfeld Finale Despite Unease, Says 'I Don't Believe in Regrets'

Jerry Seinfeld defends the controversial 'Seinfeld' finale, praises the 'Mad Men' finale, and reflects on his post-'Seinfeld' creative output, including his upcoming Netflix film 'Unfrosted'.

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Jerry Seinfeld Defends Seinfeld Finale Despite Unease, Says 'I Don't Believe in Regrets'

Jerry Seinfeld Defends Seinfeld Finale Despite Unease, Says 'I Don't Believe in Regrets'

Jerry Seinfeld, the well-known comedian and creator of the iconic sitcom 'Seinfeld', has admitted that he is still uneasy about the show's controversial finale in 1998. However, he defends the decision, stating "I don't believe in regrets".

During a recent interview, Seinfeld revealed that the finale he considers the greatest of all time is the one for the AMC drama series 'Mad Men'. He praised the 'Mad Men' finale, saying it was "the greatest final moment of a series" he had ever seen. Seinfeld also shared that the 'Mad Men' crew had watched the 'Seinfeld' finale closely to avoid making the same mistakes, which he believes helped them deliver a more satisfying conclusion.

Despite his unease with the 'Seinfeld' finale, Seinfeld maintains that he doesn't hold any deep regrets about how his iconic show ended. He believes that "it's arrogant to think you could have done something different" and that he "couldn't" have done anything differently, which is why he did what he did.

Seinfeld, who turns 70 on April 29, 2024, said he has no interest in celebrating his milestone birthday and will instead eat chicken Parmesan. He has long been skeptical of birthdays and birthday parties, even including bits about existential dread around aging in his iconic TV series.

Seinfeld's creative output after the end of 'Seinfeld' has been relatively sparse compared to his former comedy partner Larry David, who launched the critically acclaimed 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' soon after. While Seinfeld has been involved in projects like 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' and the upcoming Netflix film 'Unfrosted', which he directed, he has expressed doubts about the film industry and his own directorial debut.

In a GQ profile, Seinfeld reflects on the parallel final episodes of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He admits that the negative reaction to the 1998 Seinfeld finale has bothered him "a little bit," but he stands by the finale and loves the characters. Seinfeld explains that the final scene, leaving the characters in a jail cell, was affected by some criticism that the characters were selfish.

Seinfeld also discussed his directorial debut in the new Netflix movie 'Unfrosted,' which follows the fictional tale of the invention of the popular Pop-Tart toaster pastries. The article suggests that Seinfeld's post-'Seinfeld' legacy may be overshadowed by David's continued success, unless 'Unfrosted' manages to fare better than Seinfeld's previous film attempt, 'Bee Movie', which was not well-received.

Why this matters: Jerry Seinfeld's reflections on the Seinfeld finale and his creative career provide insight into the challenges of concluding a beloved TV series and the lasting impact it can have on its creators. As one of the most influential comedians of his generation, Seinfeld's perspective on regrets and artistic choices resonates with fans and aspiring entertainers alike.

Key Takeaways

  • Seinfeld defends 1998 finale, says he has no regrets.
  • Praises 'Mad Men' finale as the "greatest final moment".
  • Turns 70 in 2024 but has no interest in celebrating.
  • Seinfeld's post-'Seinfeld' output has been relatively sparse.
  • Seinfeld's directorial debut 'Unfrosted' may shape his legacy.