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Time to forgive Michael Richards?

'Seinfeld' star nabs first regular sitcom gig since his controversial meltdown

By Corey Levitan Feb 15, 2013 2:40PM

People aren't buzzing about Kirstie Alley's new show due to its silly name: "Kirstie's New Show." It's not so much even that the TV Land sitcom reunites Alley with her "Cheers" co-star, Rhea Perlman. What matters most is that it's the first regular TV role for "Seinfeld's" Michael Richards since his racist meltdown on an L.A. comedy club stage in 2006.

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In a single, gruesome instant, the former Cosmo Kramer erased all credibility he had with TV audiences and the industry. To borrow the words of Jerry Seinfeld, the n-word is a "pretty big matzo ball" to leave hanging there and expect to ever go away.

Is seven years later too soon? Is forever too soon?

"Kirstie's New Show" stars Alley as a Broadway star who gets a visit from the son she gave up at birth (Eric Petersen), a nerd who does not fit into her glamorous New York lifestyle. Richards plays the star's driver.

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It seems almost too coincidental that Richards would assume the role of a servant without a connection to the penance he still feels he owes his former fans.

We know Richards is sorry. He says so in interview after interview. He has apologized so many times, no one really wants to hear it anymore.

The matzo ball is in our court now. Are we willing to laugh at him on TV again?

"Kirstie's New Show" premieres this fall on TV Land.

Feb 16, 2013 10:10AM
He's paid his dues.  Good for him.  Now, maybe we can eliminate the double standard and refuse to allow every minority comic who insults white people from being on tv.  But, then there'd
 be no BET.
Feb 16, 2013 8:30AM

It's about time! He made a mistake, he's sorry, so give us his talent that is missed so much.

Everyone deserves a second chance.

Feb 16, 2013 1:15AM
It was a stupid meltdown by him, and even dumber for the so called "us" who are holding Michael's words against him to this day.

It's the people who want to call to attention racism that keep it alive as much as the racists. Had he delivered on the threats, that would be news worthy.
Feb 15, 2013 4:01PM
Yes! Time to move on. Mike layed a poo-poo and got busted for it, he apologized over and over and over, etc, etc...Cant wait to see the new show.
Feb 15, 2013 3:24PM
Heck yeah if he's funny! That's all I'm concerned with.
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