Jerry Seinfeld On Lady Gaga's Mets Upgrade: This Woman Is A Jerk, I Hate Her

↵Jerry Seinfeld is the closest thing New York has to royalty, at least when it comes to Jews…and Mets fans. Seinfeld will be in the Mets broadcast booth tonight with Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez – the first time he and Hernandez will be on TV together since "The Boyfriend" episodes of Seinfeld 18 years ago. The comedian was on with WFAN's Steve Somers to plug his appearance and drop some comedy on the evening listening audience. ↵

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↵The conversation with Somers started innocuously enough, dealing with various Mets-related topics, including (of course) his appearance in the booth on SNY tonight. Somers did ask Seinfeld about the time Hernandez was caught on camera sleeping in the booth between innings, to which he replied, "I don't have a problem with that. We're all exhausted." ↵

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↵The interview was set up, joke, repeat and that included the seven or eight minutes the two spent talking about Lady Gaga, which led to Seinfeld saying, "This woman is a jerk. I hate her. You give people the finger and you get upgraded?" ↵

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↵Certainly Somers treated Seinfeld with a hefty dose of reverence, laughing along with every gag, which actually were pretty darn hilarious. You can listen to the entire 20 minutes here. ↵ ↵

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↵They spent the first half of the conversation talking about The Marriage Ref and Somers asked if Seinfeld will ever go back to do another sit-com. He explained that he will not, and compared the last few years of Seinfeld to how a baseball player – he used Derek Jeter as an example – has to decide how to end his career. Is it about the money, or the performance being the best it can be? It was an entirely fascinating conversation, and worthy of exactly zero headlines. But rip on Lady Gaga? That gets you everywhere these days. ↵

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↵⇥"I wish her the best," Seinfeld told Somers. "You know you take one 'A' off of that and you've got 'Gag.' I don't know what these young people think or how they promote their careers. I'm older. I'm 56. I look at Lady Gaga the way Keith Hernandez watches these kids with the pocket out – they wear the inside-out pocket. Do you think he could understand that? He can't understand that. That's a new game. That's kids." ↵
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↵The pull-out quote about hating Lady Gaga came when Somers asked Seinfeld about her antics at a recent Mets, seen flipping off photographers – and the Mets crowd – after being removed from her seats to safe haven in Seinfeld's unused luxury box. ↵

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↵⇥Somers: "But this is not a new game. I call her the unstoppable publicity machine and it really is a takeoff of Madonna. This is sort of like, Madonna the Next Generation." ↵⇥

↵⇥Seinfeld: "Yeah, I'm not one of these 'all publicity is good' people. You know, people talk about, 'you need exposure.' You could die of exposure. I don't understand how this is good for her, but I'm sure she understands her milieu better than I ever could." ↵⇥

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↵⇥Somers: "You were being literal and figurative. Here's the thing: for taking her picture at Citi Field, she was with the middle finger with the photographers for taking her picture. Then, they don't escort her out of Citi Field, they escorted her to your luxury box." ↵⇥

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↵⇥Seinfeld: "You know, I change my mind. You're right. This woman is a jerk. I hate her. I can't believe they put her in my box, which I paid for. You give people the finger and you get upgraded? Is that the world we're living in now?" ↵⇥

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↵Seinfeld then went on one of his signature "what's the deal with the middle finger" comedy riffs, making certain that the listener knew this was one big ridiculous joke and he couldn't care any less about Lady Gaga or her recent New York baseball antics. ↵
↵⇥"I came for the night game and heard all about it," Seinfeld continued. "Oh, she's a jerk. Give the finger…what is she giving the finger? What's the finger anyway? Speaking of interesting and new, how old is the finger? How did it even get to be the finger?" ↵
↵He ended the conversation about Gaga with, "oh please, wake me when it's over." ↵

↵This should be a fascinating three innings tonight on SNY. The comedian suggested he'll spend more time "doing color" but may dabble in a little play-by-play, asking how hard it could really be to say, "there's a hit." He, after all, knows something about hits. Popular culture for teens? Not so much. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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