Jerry Seinfeld has been forced to issue an embarrassing apology to a fellow comedian.
He blasted other comedians for ripping off his hit show, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee;” but, as it turns out, Seinfeld’s version wasn’t the original. It’s a bit of humble pie for the superstar comedian.
While promoting the new season of his show, Seinfeld dissed other comedy shows for copying the idea in a video posted to Twitter.
— Jerry Seinfeld (@JerrySeinfeld) July 2, 2019
The idea is an interesting one and no doubt many find it entertaining. Copycats are to be expected.
But in a twist, it turns out Seinfeld wasn’t the first to come up with the idea.
British comedian Robert Llewellyn pointed out that his car-themed comedy show aired several years before Seinfeld’s version debuted. CNN reports:
“Llewellyn took to Twitter to say, hey, his “Carpool” show streamed online in 2009 and aired on TV in 2010-11. That means it predates “Comedians in Cars,” which debuted in 2012.”
— Robert Llewellyn (@bobbyllew) July 2, 2019
It just goes to show that you should do your research before making wild accusations.
After being called out, Seinfeld recognized his mistake and made the right call to apologize.
He said in a Twitter post:
Apology to Robert Llewelyn Car Pool. Had not heard of it.
— Jerry Seinfeld (@JerrySeinfeld) July 3, 2019
Although he did apologize, saying he “had not heard of it” may have been an unnecessary dig.
Llewellyn accepted the apology, adding that the series was available on Youtube.
— Robert Llewellyn (@bobbyllew) July 3, 2019