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I didn't hear about this until I was driving home from work.

Personally, it's material that went back and he crossed a line trying to take on a persona, but if I were black I'd take his head off.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Richards stunned a comedy club audience, shouting racial epithets at people who heckled him during a stand-up routine.

The 57-year-old actor-comedian, best known for playing Jerry Seinfeld's eccentric neighbor Kramer on the hit TV show "Seinfeld," was performing at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood Friday night when he went into the verbal rampage.

A video that bleeps out some obscenities posted on shows that the tirade apparently began after two black audience members started shouting at him that he wasn't funny.

He then paced across the stage taunting the men for interrupting his show, peppering his speech with racial slurs and profanities.

While there is some chuckling in the audience throughout the outburst, someone can be heard gasping "Oh my God" and various people "ooh" after Richards uses the n-word.

Eventually someone says: "It's not funny. That's why you're a reject, never had no shows, never had no movies. 'Seinfeld,' that's it."

Richards performed the next night at the Laugh Factory without incident.

Calls to Richards' representatives were not returned Monday.

He refused to comment on-camera when reached by CNN, but the network reported that he said off-camera he felt sorry for what had happened and had made amends.

Seinfeld issued a statement saying he was "sick over this."

"I'm sure Michael is also sick over this horrible, horrible mistake. It is so extremely offensive. I feel terrible for all the people who have been hurt," Seinfeld said.

Comic Paul Rodriguez, who was at the club, said he thought Richards' remarks crossed the line.

"Once the word comes out of your mouth and you don't happen to be African-American, then you have a whole lot of explaining," he said. "Freedom of speech has its limitations and I think Michael Richards found those limitations."

Comedian George Lopez told Los Angeles television station KTLA that he thought Richards' lack of stand-up experience may have been a factor.

"The question is you have an actor who is trying to be a comedian who doesn't know what to do when an audience is disruptive," Lopez said. "He's an actor whose show has been off the air, he shouldn't ever be on a stand-up gig.

After the conclusion of "Seinfeld," Richards and co-stars Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus struggled to find success on the small screen, a phenomenon that became known as the "Seinfeld curse."

Louis-Dreyfus has since won an Emmy for her latest show "The New Adventures of Old Christine."

Richards, however, flopped with his short-lived TV show "The Michael Richards Show" and has largely remained out of the limelight since his "Seinfeld" days.

He's not the first Hollywood celebrity in recent months to be caught making racist remarks.

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I saw the video on the internet ... and I saw his apology on Letterman last night. That was uncomfortable to watch becuase he was so uncomfortable, like a man about to be sentenced to prison or something.

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He just lost control of himself it looks like. He tried to find a way to get his hecklers to shut up, but that's like making fun of someone's religion or something, or a physical handicap. It's just not going to win you any points with anyone.
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