Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld had their rules for Seinfeld, and no hugging and no learning were two of them. But it all could have been boiled down to just one rule, which Seinfeld gave away this weekend: No Feelings. Seinfeld was at the Vulture Festival talking about the last David Letterman show, where he looked on as his former Seinfeld co-star Julia Louis-Dreyfus delivered the winningest of all Letterman’s final Top Ten List jokes: “Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale.”
The reference, of course, is to the somewhat disappointing finale of Seinfeld — an iconic series it would have been impossible to end to everyone’s satisfaction. Seinfeld said the Letterman writers originally had another joke for Louis-Dreyfus, which both he and Julia lobbied against. They got the “series finale” zinger as a result. Seinfeld realized, as he told Vulture, that maybe Letterman’s writers already “had that joke and they didn’t want to hurt my feelings and then, of course, they don’t know I don’t have feelings.” That may be the rule that drives the success of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Seinfeld’s latest smash hit. No Feelings! Just cream and sugar!
(Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee premieres June 3 at 11:30 PM ET on Crackle.)