Jerry Seinfeld created havoc on social media when he refused to hug Kesha at a Washington, D.C., event earlier this week. But the comedian explained that his decision was pretty logical for him.
“When you get to be my age and you’ve done a couple things, you have your own reality,” Seinfeld told Extra. “In my reality, I don’t hug a total stranger. I have to meet someone, say hello. I have to start somewhere.”
It also happens to be a reason that would make sense on the comedian’s hit TV show “Seinfeld.”
Although Kesha has had multiple No. 1 hit singles and her album “Animal” charted high internationally, Seinfeld had no clue who she was.
“I’m 63, I don’t know every pop star,” the “Seinfeld” and “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” star said. “I don’t know everyone.”
Seinfeld also called the pop star’s timing “a little off” as he was in the middle of an interview on the red carpet. But Seinfeld had a chance to iron out the misunderstanding with Kesha later at the event.
“She was very nice about it, we laughed about it,” Seinfeld said, though he emphatically confirmed that she still has not received a hug from him.
Watch Seinfeld’s interview with Extra below:
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