The Scandal: Addressed audience members with racial slurs during a stand-up routine
In November 2006, the Seinfeld star was caught on camera yelling racial slurs at four members of the audience during a stand-up appearance at West Hollywood club The Laugh Factory. After being interrupted, Richards shouted, “Shut up! Fifty years ago we’d have you upside down with a f–––––– fork up your a––,” before also using the N-word. Immediately after the footage hit the web, the actor appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and apologized, saying, “I’m deeply, deeply sorry. I’m not a racist, that’s what’s so insane about this,” and attributed the outburst to his temper. As a result, Richards has mostly been away from the spotlight, save for reuniting with his Seinfeld costars on the 2009 season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.