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‘Seinfeld’ Star Michael Richards Reflects on Outburst That Landed Him in Hot Water

‘Seinfeld’ Star Michael Richards Reflects on Outburst That Landed Him in Hot Water

Seinfeld‘s Kramer, Michael Richards, is joining an ever-growing list of celebrities publishing their memoirs. In his upcoming memoir Entrances and Exits, the comedian delves into the development of his iconic character, Cosmo Kramer, and shares intriguing behind-the-scenes revelations. With a foreword written by Jerry Seinfeld, the book is set to drop on June 4, 2024.

“My book is a hymn to the irrational, the senseless spirit that breaks the whole into pieces, a reflection on the seemingly absurd difficulties that intrude upon us all,” Richards wrote in a statement about the memoir. “It’s like Harpo Marx turning us about, shaking up my plans, throwing me for a loop. Upset and turmoil is with us all the time. It’s in the way that I am, both light and dark, good and not-so-good. It’s my life.” 

Richards will also address the incident in 2006 when he uttered racial slurs at two hecklers during one of his standup performances, which ultimately prompted him to withdraw from public life to a great extent. According to his publisher, the moments “drove him to a lifelong spiritual quest, one that would help him move forward from apology and accountability to a greater appreciation for our shared humanity, a quest that continues to this day almost eighteen years later.”

Michael Richards Will Recount His Stand-up Days Alongside Robin Williams and His First Day on the Seinfeld Set

In his memoir, Richards delves into his unique upbringing by a grandmother grappling with schizophrenia, as well as his experiences serving in the Army. Richards also delves into his experience working as a stand-up comedian alongside a youthful Robin Williams.

“I regarded [Williams] as a comedy god,” Richards told Fox News last summer. “A creator living and dying. A master of his domain.” 

In the press release, Richards likened starting work on the book to his first day on the set of Seinfeld. “The first time I entered Jerry’s apartment as Kramer, I asked, ‘Got any meat?’ In March 2021, I sat down at my desk looking over four decades of journals and asked myself, ‘Got a book in you?’ Well, just how meaty will it be? Probably a lot meatier than people expect. So… giddy up!”

Michael Richards is the latest in a long line of recent celebrities penning memoirs. In recent years, Matthew McConaughey, Nirvana’s Dave Growl, and Matthew Perry have written books about their lives. More recently, Brittney Spears and Henry Winkler wrote tell-alls.