Jason Alexander: 'Seinfeld' killed off Susan because actress was "f—ing impossible" to work with

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Jason Alexander Explains Why 'Susan' Died In Seinfeld

If you had trouble understanding why George (Jason Alexander) and Susan (Heidi Swedberg) stayed together on "Seinfeld," you weren't the only one. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Alexander was a guest on Wednesday's "Howard Stern Show " and admitted that the show's writers decided to kill off Susan with poisonous envelopes because he and the rest of the cast did not enjoy sharing scenes with the actress who portrayed her.

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"I couldn't figure out how to play off of her," Alexander said of Swedberg, who followed her 1997 departure from the celebrated NBC sitcom with roles on "Roswell," "Gilmore Girls" and "Bones." "Her instincts for doing a scene, where the comedy was, and mine were always misfiring. And she would do something, and I would go, 'OK, I see what she's going to do -; I'm going to adjust to her.' And I'd adjust, and then it would change."

Alexander said he wasn't happy when, three episodes into Swedberg's stint on the series, co-creator Larry David informed him that George and Susan would be getting hitched.

"What [David] said was, what Heidi brought to the character is, we could do the most horrible things to her, and the audience was still on my side," Alexander said, laughing.

Later on in the show's run, with producers still unsure of whether Susan and George would go through with the wedding or what her future would be, Jerry Seinfeld (Jerry) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine) shared a number of scenes with Swedberg and finally understood what Alexander had been grousing about.

"They go, 'You know what? It's f-;ing impossible. It's impossible'," said Alexander, who stressed that he had nothing against Swedberg personally. "And Julia actually said, 'Don't you want to just kill her?' And Larry went, 'Ka-bang!'" Just like that, the character's fate was sealed (so to speak).

Alexander's exchange with Stern about Swedberg can be heard below.



If that didn't satisfy your "Seinfeld" fix, check out the photos below from the show!

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SEINFELD -- 'The Masseuse' Episode 9 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Coolidge as Jody, Jerry Seinfeld as himself (Photo by Jan Sonnenmair/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SEINFELD -- 'The Smelly Car' Episode 22 -- Pictured: (l-r) Taylor Negron as Hairdresser, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SEINFELD -- 'The Old Man' Episode 18 -- Pictured: (l-r) Victoria Dillard as Agency Rep, Jerry Seinfeld as himself, Jason Alexander as George Costanza (Photo by Alice S. Hall/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SEINFELD -- 'The Pledge Drive' Episode 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, Ian Abercrombie as Mr. Justin Pitt (Photo by Wren Maloney/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SEINFELD -- 'The Barber' Episode 8 -- Pictured: Jerry Seinfeld as himself -- Photo by: Maria McCarthy/NBCU Photo Bank
SEINFELD -- 'The Finale: Part 1 & 2' Episode 23/24 -- Pictured: (l-r) Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, Jason Alexander.as George Costanza, Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer, Jerry Seinfeld as Jerry Seinfeld (Photo by Joey Delvalle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SEINFELD -- 'The Finale: Part 1&2' Episode 23 & 24 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Jerry Seinfeld as Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer (Photo by Joseph Del Valle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
STUDIO CITY, CA - APRIL 3: (NO U.S TABLOID SALES) Actress Julia Louis Dreyfus smiles as she reads a script during the last days of shooting the hit tv show 'Seinfeld' April 3, 1998 in Studio City, California. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)
SEINFELD -- 'The Frogger' Episode 18 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jerry Seinfeld as Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes (Photo by Joseph Del Valle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SEINFELD -- 'The Frogger' Episode 18 -- Pictured: (l-r) Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Marie Benes, Jerry Seinfeld as Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer (Photo by Joey Delvalle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SEINFELD -- 'The Frogger' Episode 18 -- Pictured: (far right) Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes (Photo by Joey Delvalle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SEINFELD -- 'The Burning' Episode 16 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes -- Photo by: Joey Delvalle/NBCU Photo Bank
SEINFELD -- 'The Wizard' Episodic 15 -- Pictured: (l-r) Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, Jerry Seinfeld as Jerry Seinfeld -- Photo by: Joesph Delvalle/NBCU Photo Bank
SEINFELD -- 'The Shower Head' Episode 15 -- Pictured: (l-r) Estelle Harris as Estelle Costanza, Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Jerry Stiller as Frank Costanza (Photo by Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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