Seinfeld reverses autism statement

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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SEINFELD -- Season 6

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Jerry Seinfeld receives a honorary doctorate from his alma mater Queens College in New York June 2, 1994. Seinfeld told his mother, who was in the audience, that he was finally a doctor.

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Comedian Jerry Seinfeld hoists his award as if it were a football March 10, after his show "Seinfeld" was voted Favorite Television Comedy Series at the 22nd Annual Peoples Choice Awards in Universal City.

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Jennifer Lopez and Jerry Seinfeld on the 41st Annual Grammy Awards.

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Jerry Seinfeld & Mayor Rudolph Giuliani photographed backstage of 'Stand Up for New York,' a performance that will benefit the Twin Towers Fund and the New York Police and Fire Widows and Children's Benefit Fund(NYPFWCBF).

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Comedian Jerry Seinfeld (C) looks on along with comedians Colin Quinn (L) and Will Ferrell (R) attend a press conference for the 'Stand Up for New York' benefit for the Twin Towers Fund September 25, 2001 in New York City.

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Jerry Seinfeld and Mike Piazza during Jerry Seinfeld Throws The First Pitch at The Mets/Yankees Subway Series Game to Promote The Release of the 'Seinfeld' Season 4 DVD at Shea Stadium in New York City, New York, United States.

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Jerry Seinfeld during Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Simon Perform One Night Only A Concert For Autism Speaks - Press Conference at Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California, United States.

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Talk show host Jay Leno (L) and actor Jerry Seinfeld pose at the premiere of DreamWorks Animation's 'Bee Movie' at the Mann Village Theatre on October 28, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.

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Jerry Seinfeld arrives at the Bee Movie New York City Premiere at Loewa Lincoln Square 13 on October 25, 2007 in New York City.

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Jerry Seinfeld performs at the Susan And Tony Bennett's Exploring The Arts Gala Hosted By Whoopi Goldberg at Cipriani Wall Street on September 23, 2008 in New York City.

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Jerry Seinfeld and Matthew Broderick backstage for the David Lynch Foundation 'Change Begins Within' concert at Radio City Music Hall on April 4, 2009 in New York City.

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Jerry Seinfeld, explains some frustrating points in life to Late Show host David Letterman during Tuesday 11/23/10 taping in New York.

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Kathy Griffin and Jerry Seinfeld pose at the Opening Night After Party for 'Colin Quinn Long Story Short' on Broadway at Forty Four at the Royalton on November 9, 2010 in New York City.
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Jerry Seinfeld arrive's at the 'Grammy Awards' held in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium.

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Actor and comedian Jerry Seinfeld checks out the new Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, listed at $228, 000, during the 2nd Annual Tailgate Party and silent auction fundraiser in celebration of the 2001 New York International Auto Show April 11, 2001 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Clinton, and Jessica Seinfeld photographed backstage of 'Stand Up for New York,' a performance that will benefit the Twin Towers Fund and the New York Police and Fire Widows and Children's Benefit Fund(NYPFWCBF).

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Comedian Jerry Seinfeld (R) and actor Dick Cavatt attend the Hamptons Concours d'Elegence auto show June 8, 2003 in Bridgehampton, New York. The fourth annual Concours d'Elegance presented by Road and Track magazine, features coachbuilt classic cars and sports cars. The event features a luncheon and fashion show to benefit South Fork Breast Health Coalition.

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Comedian Jerry Seinfeld attends a game between the Detroit Pistons and Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on December 14, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

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Comedian Jerry Seinfeld visits 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on September 25, 2012 in New York City.

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TORONTO, ON - APRIL 12: Will Arnett, Amy Poehler and Jerry Seinfeld attend the Toronto East General Hospital's First Annual Comedy Gala, 'Laughter Is The Best Medicine' at Allstream Centre on April 12, 2012 in Toronto, Canada.

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Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock attend the 'Top Five' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 3, 2014 in New York City.

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Comedian Jerry Seinfeld arrives for the 2014 Women's Leadership Award honoring Stella McCartney at Alice Tully Hall in New York November 13, 2014.

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Comedians Jimmy Fallon and Jerry Seinfeld laugh together as they arrive on the red carpet for the taping of the Mark Twain Prize for Humor ceremony and performance, honoring comedian Jay Leno, at the Kennedy Center in Washington October 19, 2014.

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Jerry Seinfeld attends the TimesTalks at The New School on December 1, 2016 in New York City.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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