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Jerry Seinfeld Backtracks On Autism Comment


Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is backtracking on his statement that he might be on the autism spectrum. The 60-year-old appeared on "Access Hollywood" this past Wednesday and attempted to clear up a controversial comment he made earlier this month to NBC anchor Brian Williams about being autistic. "I don't have autism, I'm not on the spectrum, "he said to Billy Bush. "I was just watching a play about it, and ... I related to it on some level. That's all what I was saying."


Seinfeld's comments drew mixed reactions from the autism community. The managing editor of the "Age of Autism" told the Washington Post, "My kids' lives are irrevocably altered by autism and not in a good way. Autism is a neurological condition that requires a clinical diagnosis based on serious behaviors and issues and challenges. It's a medical diagnosis, not a personality or a gift." However, others in the community felt it was a positive step in normalizing a commonly misunderstood condition.

During the "Access Hollywood" interview, the comedian didn't apologize for what he said, but he did say, "Comedians mess up all the time, you know, that's just part of that business."

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Jerry Seinfeld attends "An Evening Honoring Stella McCartney" presented by American Express, benefiting the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, at Alice Tully Hall on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Jerry Seinfeld and Jessica Seinfeld attend "An Evening Honoring Stella McCartney" presented by American Express, benefiting the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, at Alice Tully Hall on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Jerry Seinfeld pauses as he is interviewed on the red carpet at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld and wife Jessica Seinfeld attend the Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash at Wollman Rink in Central Park on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld performs at the Stand Up for Heroes event at Madison Square Garden, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in New York. (John Minchillo/Invision/AP)
Jerry Seinfeld attends a special screening of "Enough Said" on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, right, and his wife Jessica Seinfeld, attend the "Kiss the Water" premiere during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival on Monday, April 22, 2013, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Jay Leno, left, and Jerry Seinfeld arrive at the David Lynch Foundation: A Night of Comedy honoring George Shapiro at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Saturday June 30, 2012 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for David Lynch Foundation/AP Images)
US comedian, actor and writer, Jerry Seinfeld, gestures, as he presents his newly created comedy-reality format "The marriage ref." during the 25th MIPCOM (International Film and Programme Market for TV, Video,Cable and Satellite) in Cannes, southeastern France, Monday, Oct. 5, 2009. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
U.S. actor Jerry Seinfeld is seen prior to the presentation of his latest movie 'Bee Movie' in Berlin Friday, Dec. 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Jerry Seinfeld attends the TimesTalks at The New School on December 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Jerry Seinfeld attends 10th Annual Stand Up For Heroes - Show at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: (L-R) Jon Stewart, Bob Woodruff, Jerry Seinfeld attend as The New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation present the 10th Annual Stand Up for Heroes event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Bob Woodruff Foundation)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: Comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his wife Jessica Seinfeld arrive at the White House for a state dinner October 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama is hosting a state dinner for Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: Jessica Seinfeld and Jerry Seinfeld attend HBO Presents the New York Red Carpet Premiere of 'Divorce' at SVA Theater on October 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Jerry Seinfeld arrives at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: Jerry Seinfeld (L) and Jessica Seinfeld Founder, GOOD+Foundation Host GOOD+Foundation's 2016 Bash Sponsored by Beautycounter, Hearst and Johnson & Johnson at Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink Central Park on June 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: Jerry Seinfeld (L) and Jessica Seinfeld attend the CHANEL Fine Jewelry Dinner supporting treasures from the New York Public Library Collection at the New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on June 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 20: Host Jerry Seinfeld attends the 2nd annual Los Angeles Fatherhood Lunch to benefit GOOD+FOUNDATION at The Palm Restaurant on April 20, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for GOOD+ Foundation)
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