With David Letterman leaving the “Late Show,” and Jay Leno long gone from “The Tonight Show,” Jerry Seinfeld is looking for a new go-to late-night venue.
The comic stopped by “Late Night” Tuesday, his first appearance on the show since host Seth Meyers took over for Jimmy Fallon last year, and announced that he is casting for a new couch.
“I’m auditioning other shows,” Seinfeld said. “I want to have a show that I feel comfortable going on.”
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As part of the audition process, Seinfeld revealed that he refused to do a “pre-interview” interview with “Late Night” producers — a common talk show practice that helps structure the script of a “casual” conversation.
“You want to be a talk show guy, the desk, I think you should do the work,” Seinfeld quipped. “I don’t want to be here. You want me here, so you engage me.”
Seinfeld also elaborated on comments he made last week during an interview on ESNP’s Colin Cowherd Show, where he said he avoids performing stand-up comedy at colleges because of how politically correct kids are these days.
When Meyers noted that comedy is supposed to push boundaries ”but there are more people now who will let you know if they think you went over the line than ever before,” Seinfeld agreed, citing the uncomfortable feeling he gets from his audience when he tells his bit about people who scroll through their phone like a “gay French king.”
“And they keep moving the lines in, for no reason,” Seinfeld complained. “There’s a creepy PC thing out there that really bothers me.”
David Remnick, editor for The New Yorker, was also on “Late Night” and explained that there are times he’s been forced to go on television to defend the magazine’s cover — like the one featuring Barack and Michelle Obama sharing a “terrorist fist bump” — but added that he has never apologized.
“It’s never a good moment when you’re on television explaining a news cover,” Remnick said.
Seinfeld then called out Meyers for an Instagram post in which the host said he would not make any jokes about Caitlyn Jenner.
“I said that day I wasn’t going to make any jokes,” Meyers explained. “Now, Caitlyn Jenner can’t go around doing whatever she wants the rest of her life thinking she’s not going to show up in a monologue.”
“Ok, good,” a relieved Seinfeld said. “I feel better now.”