It looks like Michael Richards now has company in the “Seinfeld” alums who apologize for offensive comments group.
Jason Alexander, who played George Costanza in the long-running comedy, is saying “I’m sorry,” this after he called cricket a “gay game” during Friday’s (June 1) broadcast of the “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”
In describing his thoughts on the sport to Ferguson, Alexander says, “It’s the pitch…It’s not like a manly baseball pitch; it’s a queer British gay pitch.”
These remarks were met with sharp disappointment from some of Alexander’s Twitter fans as well as many in the LGBT community, including GLAAD. As a result, Alexander issued a lengthy statement via the organization on Saturday (June 2).
“I should know better. My daily life is filled with gay men and women, both socially and professionally. I am profoundly aware of the challenges these friends of mine face and I have openly advocated on their behalf,” he says.
Alexander continues, “So, I can only apologize and I do. In comedy, timing is everything. And when a group of people are still fighting so hard for understanding, acceptance, dignity and essential rights–the time for some kinds of laughs has not yet come. I hope my realization brings some comfort.”
Richards, of course, went on an infamous “N-word” tirade during a comedy set in 2006. He quickly apologized for those remarks.