Jerry Seinfeld Empathizes with Kathy Griffin in the Wake of 'Bad Joke' About Donald Trump: 'I Don't Understand the Big Deal'
Jerry Seinfeld is coming to the defense of Kathy Griffin after she posed in a now infamous photo with a fake bloodied, severed head of the 45th President of the United States.
Speaking with PEOPLE at the National Night of Laughter and Song — presented by the David Lynch Foundation — the longtime comedian admitted that he didn’t understand what the big deal was with Griffin’s photo.
“Yes, it was another bad joke. Every comedian tells bad jokes,” Seinfeld said. “We all do it. That’s how we find the good jokes. So someone told a bad joke — so what, I don’t understand the big deal.”
Griffin has since apologized for the photo twice — first on Tuesday, with a video posted to social media where she explained, “I’m a comic. I crossed the line, I moved the line and then I crossed the line. I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people, it wasn’t funny.”
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A second apology came with a tearful press conference on Friday — apologizing again for the offensive picture and claimed that Trump and his family were “bullying” her and “trying to ruin [her] life forever.”
“I don’t think I will have a career after this,” she said while crying, adding that the Trumps’ alleged bullying has led to her being vilified, receiving death threats and losing work. “I’m going to be honest, he broke me.”