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PostPosted: December 24, 2003 7:56 AM 

As published in the New York Times:

A 'Seinfeld' Star Will Do the DVD but Asks for Pay
By SHARON WAXMAN

Published: December 24, 2003

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 23 Michael Richards, a star of the hit television comedy "Seinfeld," says he will take part in the making of a DVD of the series, but he says he ought to be paid for it.

People close to Mr. Richards and his co-stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander said on Monday that the actors had decided not to grant interviews for the DVD because they were unhappy with the financial deals they have had with the show over the years.

"I'm not boycotting," Mr. Richards, who played Kramer in the series, said in a telephone interview late Monday night. "I'm involved. I was never called to do an interview. I am so for the DVD coming out that I'll go on the `Tonight' show."

But Mr. Richards said he thought he ought to be paid for taking part in the DVD project, in part because the show has been such a windfall for its creators, producers and distributors: Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, Castle Rock Television and Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. They will all share profits from the DVD.

Actors do not typically receive residual payments for DVD's, but this is quickly becoming a major issue in Hollywood, as DVD sales now bring in millions of dollars to those who control the rights to hit television shows and movies, far more than revenue from videocassettes.

Mr. Richards said: "I innocently asked a question. Is there some compensation? I don't believe there is. There isn't anything."

He added, "I think everyone wants to get paid," referring to his co-stars. "Is it honorable for those on the inside to make compensation? That's an ethical question they have to deal with. But I never heard back from anybody."

Mr. Seinfeld and Mr. Richards spoke together yesterday to mend fences. A spokeswoman for Mr. Seinfeld said: "Jerry and the other producers are profit participants of the `Seinfeld' show and do not control the ancillary stream of revenue. The owner is Warner Brothers, and Sony controls the syndication rights, which includes DVD sales."

Ms. Louis-Dreyfus and Mr. Alexander could not be reached for comment, their representatives said.

Mr. Richards said that he had spoken to Ms. Louis-Dreyfus on Monday and that she was noncommittal about taking part in the DVD.

To some degree the dispute may be about a lack of communication. Mr. Richards said he asked Mr. Seinfeld why he did not call when Mr. Seinfeld first heard that his co-stars had declined to take part in the DVD.

"I said, `Why didn't you call me?' " Mr. Richards said. "He said, `I should have.' "

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PostPosted: December 24, 2003 1:22 PM 

People Magazine has now picked up this story.

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PostPosted: March 8, 2004 12:48 PM 

giiiiidyup!

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PostPosted: June 19, 2004 2:29 PM 

Say i heard the DVD will be released in november do you guys know? if so do you know if it will be by season or one giant package?

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PostPosted: June 19, 2004 2:30 PM 

Say i heard the DVD will be released in november do you guys know? if so do you know if it will be by season or one giant package?

Mouse
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PostPosted: June 19, 2004 2:30 PM 

Say i heard the DVD will be released in november do you guys know? if so do you know if it will be by season or one giant package?

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PostPosted: June 19, 2004 2:31 PM 

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Mouse
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PostPosted: June 19, 2004 2:32 PM 

DVD comes out in November

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PostPosted: June 20, 2004 12:26 AM 

I'm glad he's a part of it. The DVD just wouldn't be the same without him.

The DVD will be The Pilot, Season 1, and Season 2. At least the set that's coming out in November.

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PostPosted: June 20, 2004 5:40 PM 

Does anyone know the cost of the set?

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PostPosted: September 16, 2004 10:50 PM 

kramer is the glue of seinfeld, he must be involved!

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PostPosted: August 17, 2005 8:44 PM 

i luv cosmo kramer!! i want to meet him sometime!!! he is my idol!! and the coolest thing is we share the same b-day!!! we both were born on july 21!!

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PostPosted: August 17, 2005 8:45 PM 

i luv cosmo kramer!! i want to meet him sometime!!! he is my idol!! and the coolest thing is we share the same b-day!!! we both were born on july 21!! Very Happy

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PostPosted: August 17, 2005 8:46 PM 

i luv cosmo kramer!! i want to meet him sometime!!! he is my idol!! and the coolest thing is we share the same b-day!!! we both were born on july 21!! Very Happy
i love your acting!! you walk in the door so cool!! luc ya

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PostPosted: August 17, 2005 8:46 PM 

i luv cosmo kramer!! i want to meet him sometime!!! he is my idol!! and the coolest thing is we share the same b-day!!! we both were born on july 21!! Very Happy
i love your acting!! you walk in the door so cool!! luc ya

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PostPosted: August 18, 2005 7:53 PM 

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PostPosted: November 20, 2006 8:39 PM 

You know I have watched the "Seinfeld" show for several years and I admired Michael Richards' character, Kramer. I thought he brought a new dimension to the show and I liked his eccentricity...But, now that his TRUE COLORS have come out a bad taste have been left in my mouth. I see how disassociated he is with society and with his supportors as an actor. i and fellow African-Americans are offended by his outrageous remarks and it shows us what he truly thinks of us. Thanks for letting me down...but, at the same time it opens my eyes further how racism still exists in 2006 and how insensitive and ignorant some people can be.....Thanks alot!

http://www.comcast.net/entertainment/index.jsp?cat=ENTERTAINMENT&fn=/2006/11/20/524888.html

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PostPosted: November 20, 2006 10:13 PM 

I have watched Seinfeld cuz of Kramer from episode one to what allz on DVD till now. But after seeing Kramer speaking at Laugh Factory, I am gonna stop watching anymore Seinfeld...I am sure , I am not gonna laugh but get reminded of what all he said yesterday night!HIGHLY UNEXPECTED and DEROGATORY!

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PostPosted: November 21, 2006 5:45 AM 

Kramer, we love you! Don't worry about what was said at the laugh factory. Your fans (real fans) understand and all will be forgotten. You have apologized, now move on with your life. It's not nearly as big a deal as it is being made out to be.

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PostPosted: November 21, 2006 8:09 AM 

Michael Richards is my Aunt Sara's god son. She is my great aunt and Uncle Anthony was my grandmothers brother. I would like to meet him or email Michael. I think it would be pretty neat to catch up. I just dont know where to find the way to get an email to him.

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PostPosted: November 21, 2006 8:31 AM 

The fact is we all have some racism in us. Look around the world. Every country has it.
This is a reality check for Michael Richards, but each of us should examine our conscience. The last time an obvious ethnic minority slipped in front of you in the check-out line did you think they were rude, or did you think they were a rude
@#$%!!?

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