The History Of White Celebrities Using The "N" Word

Michael Richards

Date: Nov. 22, 2006

Former Seinfeld co-star Michael Richards became the subject of scathing criticism when video surfaced of the comedian lobbing the "N" word at hecklers during a 2006 comedy routine at West Hollywood's Laugh Factory.

Richards let out a flurry of racial slurs during his outburst, referring to the disruptive audience members with the "N" word several times over. Then, in regards to one heckler in particular, he instructed security to "throw his a** out. He’s a n***er!" and adding, “Fifty years ago we’d have you upside down with a [expletive] fork up your a**.”

Richards later expressed regret for the racial profanities during a taping of Late Show with David Letterman. "For me to be at a comedy club and flip out and say this crap, I’m deeply, deeply sorry,” Richards said. "I'm not a racist."

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