63-year old Comedian Jerry Seinfeld dodged pop singer Kesha's attempt at a hug on the red carpet earlier this week, and it was pretty uncomfortable for all parties involved. The comedian practically ran away in uncomfortable terror after telling her "no" three times and saying "no thank you". This could definitely end up on a new episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, in fact it seems like it was almost perfectly scripted in a David/Seinfeld production. Except that it was real life and Kesha got denied faster than you can say "no hug for you." The reporter that was interviewing Seinfeld at the time informed him that the blonde stranger going in for the hug was Kesha and the comedian laughed, "Oh, ok. I wish her the best!"
"I'm 63, I don't know every pop star... I don't know everyone."
He also went on to say that he's just not really into giving out hugs to strangers. He continues.
"I was right in the middle of an interview, it was a little off. When you get to be my age and you've done a couple things, you have your own reality, 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."
In all fairness he was right in the middle of an interview. You can't just go around hugging everyone, right? There's definitely no lack of material for the comedian, that's for sure. After Seinfeld explained his side of the story he threw a joke into the mix and went on to say that he would've hugged her had he knew her. He says.
"I got a borderline harassment case here! I'm sure I would've liked her, but I need to know who are you."
He even said that he and Kesha were able to laugh about the situation afterwards off of camera. Seinfeld reveals.
"She was very nice about it, we laughed about it."
And when asked if he later offered up a hug after the exchange he laughed and said "No!" Seinfeld and Kesha were both attending the David Lynch Foundation Presents: A Night of Laughter and Song a benefit concert to heal stress and transform the lives of at-risk populations. The David Lynch Foundation focuses their efforts on underserved inner-city students, veterans with PTSD, and their families, and women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse. Proceeds from the event will be used to try and teach healing through meditation to over 10,000 people in the at-risk population. Seinfeld has practiced transcendental meditation for over 41 years and has called it one of the "the greatest riches in human life."
Kesha has yet to address the situation head on, but she did Tweet "lots to smile about." Perhaps she'll receive a hug from the hug-phobic Seinfeld the next time they run into each other. But I wouldn't count on it. Let's hope that we see this addressed in the new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Check out the awkward exchange below.