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Jerry Seinfeld has no regrets about turning down an NBC offer of $5 million for one more season of his Seinfeld comedy show.
“It was the perfect moment, and the proof that it was the right moment is the number of questions youre still asking me about it,” Seinfeld said in an interview with the New York Times magazine. “The most important word in art is “proportion.” How much? How long is this joke going to be? How many words? How many minutes? And getting that right is what makes it art or what makes it mediocre.”
The 64-year-old Seinfeld has just released the 10th season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. He was asked about the recent banishment of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn for what he claimed were some old jokes on Twitter.
“I didnt read the jokes, but if theyre jokes, it doesnt matter,” Seinfeld said. “I guess Roseanne Barr thought she was being funny, but it wasnt funny — and if its offensive and not funny, then its not a joke. But any comedian that doesnt understand that dynamic, youre finished anyway.”
Seinfeld claimed he has never apologized for a joke. “No. Jokes are not real. People assume that when you say something that you believe it. Its purely comedic invention. You know, I do this whole bit about Pop-Tarts and how much I love them. I dont love Pop-Tarts. Its just funny. Its funny to say it, so I say it.”