Discussing the incident with Seinfeld almost six years later, Richards explains, “I was busted up after that event … It broke me down. It was a selfish response … I should have just said, ‘Yeah, you’re absolutely right. I’m not funny.’”
Richards undermined his apology by sprinkling crude racial stereotypes and a general out-of-touch ickiness throughout the rest of the interview. After marveling at the fact that a homeless person could beat him at chess, the former Cosmo Kramer went on to share an anecdote about a trip to Bali during Seinfeld’s heyday. “I go out into the jungle. I am way, deep in the jungle now. I see some naked people, and they point at me and go [makes gibberish noises to imitate Balinese, gesticulates wildly] ‘Kramer! Kramer!’”
The interview closes with an atonement of sorts. Despite the uncomfortable undertones of Richards’ appearance, his friend and former co-star attempts to resolve him of his guilt, saying, “That’s up to you to say, ‘You know, I’ve been carrying this bag enough. I’m gonna put it down.” But judging from his latest remarks, the only thing Richards might want to put down is the microphone.