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."
Seinfeld reverses autism statement
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)
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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)