Jerry Seinfeld Explains Awkward Kesha Moment: ‘I Don’t Hug a Total Stranger’

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Jerry Seinfeld’s now-infamous hug denial wasn’t personal. He just doesn’t know Kesha.

In what’s now internet history, Kesha approached the comedian on the red carpet at the David Lynch Foundation’s National Night of Laughter and Song, co-sponsored by Variety, on Monday and asked for a hug, only to be denied — three times. A video of the awkward moment almost immediately went viral.

“I’m 63, I don’t know every pop star,” Seinfeld told “Extra” on Thursday. “I don’t know everyone.”

He confirmed that he’s not a huge fan of hugs, at least not when it’s with a “total stranger.” “I was right in the middle of an interview, it was a little off,” he added.

“When you get to be my age and you’ve done a couple things, you have your own reality,” he said. “In my reality… I don’t hug a total stranger. I have to meet someone, say hello. I gotta start somewhere. Hug isn’t first moment of a human, two humans. I never did that.”

“I got a borderline harassment case here!” he joked.

It doesn’t seem like there’s any hard feelings, however. “She was very nice about it, we laughed about it,” he said.

But did the pop star ever get her hug? “No!” Seinfeld clarified. Lesson learned.

Watch the video of Seinfeld elaborating on the moment below.

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  1. heyitsron says:

    I’ll bet that especially applies if her name happens to be Shoshanna Lonstein. Right, Jerry?

  2. lince says:

    in real life seinfeld is well known to be a douchebag

  3. Charles Pilkenton says:

    I agree with Jerry. And he does look good as others are saying, but at the same time he seems to be morphing in to his friend, the late great Gary Shandling with each passing year.

  4. Margie Sims says:

    Love him , at least he’s not fake! He looks awesome for 63!!!

  5. berge80 says:

    Serious since when is it big news to want to choose with whom you want to make physical contact. And let’s be fair, if the genders were reversed, this would be a very different conversation. We’d be talking about the sexually harassing creepy dude who,wouldn’t take the first ‘no’ for an answer.

    Also, it felt a bit photo-oppy to me? He was in the middle of filming an interview and she inserted herself into that moment. We’ve all seen this kind of thing before. Established star being interviewed, less established star interrupts and moves in for the hugggy-huggy, kissy-kissy, face to the camera,’I just love Established Star so much’, moment.

  6. Well I think that’s just jerry!! She thought he was feeling the way she felt. At certain times, we should know how to approach people.

  7. John says:

    Smart man…. Who the hell is Ke$sha?

  8. lovemelovemeloveme says:

    It’s no surprise that the man that hung Michael Richards out to dry doesn’t hug people.

    • Savannah Brierwood says:

      You said a mouthful.

    • Iceman says:

      That wasn’t Jerry. It was Richards’ fault. Jerry came to his defense. But Hollywood decided that Michael Richards should be permanently banned. Bill Maher used the n word recently, but I doubt if anything will come of it. Jerry is an okay guy.

  9. Scott Harbert says:

    If she’s a fan – she should have known. There is a whole Seinfeld episode about him hating the “Hello Hug” !

  10. Bob Twou says:

    Should take a hint on the 1st decline. Pushy!

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