Jerry Seinfeld Makes First Emmys Appearance in 19 Years

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee host Jerry Seinfeld talked about his show's nomination on the 2016 Emmys red carpet

Jerry Seinfeld didn’t know why he was at the 2016 Emmy Awards.

The 62-year-old comedian joked about his attendance at TV’s biggest ceremony on Sunday – where his Crackle show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, is nominated for outstanding variety talk series.

“I don’t know why I’m here,” he told E! News’ Giuliana Rancic on the red carpet. “I’m not on television. My show is on the Internet!”

The web series competes against Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Real Time with Bill Maher, and The Late Late Show with James Corden.

The sitcom legend, who attended alongside wife Jessica, also took a moment to note how much time has passed since his previous Emmys appearance.

“I haven’t been to the Emmys since ’97,” he reveals. “So what is that, 19 years? Yeah, 19 years!”

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While the TV landscape has changed over the years, Seinfeld is confident his self-titled hit NBC series would still rise to the top if it were on today – joking that it would be “huge,” “gigantic” and “monstrous” even if it wasn’t on network TV.

“Good is good – bad is bad,” he said. “I think if anything’s good, people find it. Every once and awhile, something good doesn’t get seen and fails. But most of the time, if you give the public a chance, they will make a judgement if something is good or not.”

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Just because he thinks people would still watch Seinfeld today doesn’t mean he is watching Seinfeld today.

“No,” he said, when asked if catches the show in reruns. “You ever pull out your high school yearbook and say, ‘Yeah – let me relive those four years! That’s great.’ ”

“I do love the show,” he continued. “But when you’re really, really in something? You kind of have to let it go.”

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