Monday night in Los Angeles, David Letterman and Jerry Seinfeld entertained a crowd of journalists and Emmy voters in honor of Netflix’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.” The live event was held at Netflix’s colossal FYSEE space that features screenings, panels, costumes, props and special exhibits from all of their original programming from now until June 10. While discussing their lives and careers, Letterman and Seinfeld touched on the recent controversy involving Michelle Wolf‘s jokes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
“The more I got to thinking about it, I thought, ‘Wow, that was great,'” Letterman readily admitted. “Because, just, whatever the reaction — there’s no damage. And she had the guts to stand up there and didn’t apologize, where everybody is now apologizing for everything. So whether you liked it or not, I really had great admiration for the fact that she was able to just walk into that room and decimate the place.”
Seinfeld named Wolf as one of the perennial standup comedians working today, but said he hasn’t yet met her. “No, I don’t know her, I’ve just seen her on TV,” he told Letterman. “But everybody talks about how dedicated [she is], that she’s out every night working on her stuff, and those are the kind of people I really like.”
Also in their hilarious, and often poignant, hour-long discussion, Letterman and Seinfeld took turns gushing at each other about their programs that changed the face of television. Letterman’s “Late Night” and “Late Show” helped transform the talk show landscape, while “Seinfeld” remains one of the most respected sitcoms of the modern era.
Letterman’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” will enter this year’s Emmy race in the category of Best Informational Series or Special. Besides Seinfeld, Letterman’s other featured guests have included Barack Obama, George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z and Tina Fey. Seinfeld, meanwhile, was on-hand to promote his Netflix comedy special “Jerry Before Seinfeld,” which focuses on the early years of his career; it contends in Best Variety Special (Pre-Recorded).
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