Jason Alexander Apologizes To Heidi Swedberg For Dissing Her Performance As Susan On Seinfeld (AUDIO)
Jason Alexander apologized to “Seinfeld” co-star Heidi Swedberg Thursday, after saying the actress was “f*cking impossible” to work with during a recent appearance on “The Howard Stern Show.” “I feel officially awful,” Alexander wrote on Twitter.
On Stern’s show on Wednesday, Alexander had responded to a question about whether George Costanza’s love interest Susan Ross was killed off on the show because the cast couldn’t stand working with Swedberg. “I couldn’t figure out how to play off of her,” Alexander said during the interview. He explained that when executive producer Larry David told him his character was getting engaged to Susan, he said “Oh great, who’s playing George?” He added that their chemistry was “such a disaster,” and explained how it was later suggested she be killed off, which David thought was a great idea.
Many interpreted Alexander’s comments as a major slam against Swedberg, leading him to turn to TwitLonger in an attempt to clarify with a post called, “Oh dear god, leave Heidi alone.” The actor began:
“Ok folks, I feel officially awful. Yesterday on @Sternshow, I retold a story I had told years ago about my personal difficulties and insecurities in playing George against the Susan that Heidi Swedberg created. The impetus for telling this story was that Howard said, ‘Julia Louis Dreyfuss [sic] told me you all wanted to kill her”. So I told the story to try and clarify that no one wanted to kill Heidi.
Alexander stressed, “Again I say, I and the cast really liked and like Heidi. She is a kind, lovely person who undoubtedly worked really hard to create Susan and that character was clearly what Larry and Jerry wanted her to be for George. I just felt I was on uncertain ground in how to play off that character and I was always concerned that it wasn’t working. And that’s what I would voice concern about.”
He continued, “When the comment was made about ‘killing’ [her], no one was talking about the actress — they were talking about the character. And that made a creative lightbulb go off apparently.” Alexander went on:
“But in telling this story, it sounds like we are putting a heavy burden on Heidi. I, personally, am not. Heidi would always ask if there was anything in the scenes she could do or if I had any thoughts. She was generous and gracious and I am so mad at myself for retelling this story in any way that would diminish her. If I had had more maturity or more security in my own work, I surely would have taken her query and possibly tried to adjust the scenes with her. She surely offered. But, I didn’t have that maturity or security
So, to all the press that is now running wild with this 15 year old story, please don’t pervert it. No one told Heidi to do anything different – and she surely would have, if asked. And no one that I am aware of, including myself, didn’t like her. And now with distance, I can look at those episodes and see that there was a fun relationship there between George and Susan. It works perfectly. I simply couldn’t see it or find it at the time.
To Heidi, I personally apologize. You are a sweetheart. I actually launched into this on Stern to defend you. But this is why I’m not a lawyer. Now everybody, calm down and just enjoy the reruns and think, ‘why did he think this wasn’t working? This is great.'”
Listen to Jason Alexander’s original comments about Heidi Swedberg on “The Howard Stern Show” below. What do you think of the actor’s apology?