Seinfeld Star Jason Alexander Was Offered Money To Leak Seinfeld Finale Details
Jason Alexander played George Costanza across 9 seasons of Seinfeld, and became famous for his hyper-specific grievances, strange Christmas practices, and general comic buffoonery. Seinfeld was enormous, and now, in a new interview, Alexander recalls how big a deal the finale was–and how he could have sold some of the show’s secrets for money if he’d wanted to.
In a video chat between Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who played Elaine Benes on the long-running sitcom) and Alexander, the two discuss how the show ended, as picked up on by The Hollywood Reporter. According to Alexander, he was given the option to leave secrets from the show’s finale–by his own publicist.
“My own publicist–I don’t know if this came for you too–my publicist was asking me if I was willing to leak out some secrets for money,” Alexander said. “And I went, ‘They’ll kill us!'”
Of course, Alexander was doing okay–his salary by the last season was $600,000 per episode (as was the case with Louis-Dreyfus and co-star Michael Richards too; Jerry Seinfeld was making a full $1 million).
You can watch the full 57-minute discussion below–it’s quite lovely. The conversation was hosted to raise money for Direct Relief, which is offering COVID-19 relief. The two stars watched The Chinese Restaurant, one of the show’s seminal early episodes, and discuss it too.
This is, of course, exactly the kind of scheme George would have gone for, although something surely would have gone terribly wrong.
Seinfeld is long over, but two Australian game developers are trying their best to get their hands on the rights to make a spin-off videogame. Jerry Seinfeld, meanwhile, has a new Netflix special out now.
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