It's been a little over 20 years since the last episode of Seinfeld aired after a massively successful 9-season run that started in 1989. In a new interview, Jerry Seinfeld admits that he does not regret the decision to pull the plug at Season 9, despite the fact that NBC offered him an unprecedented $5 million per episode, which would have been a grand total of $100 million. The comedian spends his days looking at the present and is celebrating the 10th season of his Netflix series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
While Jerry Seinfeld likes to focus on the present, he still gets asked about Seinfeld on a daily basis. There have been rumors of reboots and reunions over the years, but the comedian isn't interested at this time. And he wasn't interested in doing a 10th season back in the late 90s either, even after NBC offered him $5 million an episode. When asked if he ever second-guesses that decision to walk away, Seinfeld had this to say.
"No. It was the perfect moment, and the proof that it was the right moment is the number of questions you're still asking me about it. The most important word in art is proportion. How much? How long is this joke going to be? How many words? How many minutes? And getting that right is what makes it art or what makes it mediocre."
Seinfeld, arguably, was a show that got out while it was still good. It wasn't around long enough to truly suffer, which is why fans still clamor for more content 20 years later. The characters that Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld created were not perfect people, instead, they were often narcissistic and imperfect, which was not easy to pull off. Seinfeld believes in leaving the crowd wanting more as opposed to having them tearing the show apart in its 10th season that was only "done for the money."
Jerry Seinfeld also commented on the amount of work that it took to make Seinfeld as great as it was. Having the excellent cast and chemistry wasn't the only ingredient. Jokes were looked at under the microscope, scenes were picked apart and the put back together again, which was a stressful and hard process for Seinfeld and crew. In the end, that's why the comedian can't watch the show when reruns pop up on TV. He explains.
"I think there's a level of focus you need to get something to a certain point creatively, and you pay a price for that, which is you can't ever look at it again."
While Jerry Seinfeld isn't interested in returning to the world of Seinfeld, Larry David's hit HBO show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, has been carrying the torch for years. It was just announced that the show will be returning for a 10th season when, "David feels like it." The writer is currently working on the new season, and much like his work on Seinfeld, he's taking his time to make it right. The interview with Jerry Seinfeld was conducted by The New York Times.