Seinfeld Apologizes to Stern Over 'Comedy Chops' Remark

Jerry Seinfeld apologized to Howard Stern for saying he lacks "comedy chops" during a podcast conversation. Seinfeld's comments sparked controversy and backlash, prompting him to express regret for his remarks.

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Seinfeld Apologizes to Stern Over 'Comedy Chops' Remark

Seinfeld Apologizes to Stern Over 'Comedy Chops' Remark

Jerry Seinfeld has issued a public apology to radio host Howard Stern after claiming Stern lacks 'comedy chops' during a podcast conversation with David Spade and Dana Carvey. The comments, made on Wednesday's episode of the 'Fly on the Wall' podcast, sparked controversy and backlash.

During the podcast discussion about the popularity of comedy podcasts, Seinfeld credited Stern with inventing the long-form interview format. However, he suggested that Stern has since been outflanked by newer comedians and podcasters who are funnier and more entertaining.

In his apology statement to TMZ, Seinfeld expressed regret for his remarks about Stern. "I really feel bad for what I said about my friend Howard Stern in a conversation with David Spade and Dana Carvey, talking about the glut of comedy podcasts..." Seinfeld said.

Stern, known for his provocative and boundary-pushing style, has hosted 'The Howard Stern Show' radio program since 1986. The show features celebrity interviews, comedy sketches, and frank discussions on a wide range of topics. Stern's unfiltered approach has earned him a devoted fan base and cemented his status as a major figure in American media and pop culture.

The article also briefly mentions Seinfeld's upcoming directorial debut, 'Unfrosted,' a Netflix film that parodies the creation of Pop-Tarts. Seinfeld had initially wanted Chris Rock to appear in the movie, but Rock declined due to still being shaken by the Will Smith slap incident at the 2022 Oscars.

Seinfeld's apology comes after his comments about Stern's comedic abilities drew criticism from fans and media outlets. The incident highlights the risks of making controversial statements, even in casual conversations, in an era where podcasts and social media can quickly amplify and spread remarks to a wide audience.