Jerry Seinfeld Doesn't Regret Turning Down $100 Million
He was offered the hefty sum to continue with a tenth season of Seinfeld.
Jerry Seinfeld has spoken out about turning down the eye-watering sum of $100 million from NBC, saying he “doesn’t regret it”.
Speaking to the New York Times, Seinfeld revealed he was offered $5 million per episode to continue with a tenth season of the iconic sitcom, but instead chose to end the series after season nine to “go out on a high note”.
“It was the perfect moment, and the proof that it was the right moment is the number of questions you’re still asking me about it,” he said, adding, “The most important word in art is ‘proportion’. How much? How long is this joke going to be? How many words? How many minutes? And getting that right is what makes it art or what makes it mediocre.”
Former NBC executive Warren Littlefield revealed that executives at the network believed it was an offer that couldn’t be refused.
“We didn’t mess around,” Littlefield told Fox News.
"What we put on the table was unheard of. We went in there with a staggering sum and there was tremendous confidence that no one could walk away from it.”
He added, “[Seinfeld] came to me and said, ‘I don’t have a life, I’m not married, I don’t have kids’,” Littlefield said. “We gave it everything we had, he was tempted, but in the end it was a quality of life decision.”
You can currently stream Seinfeld on Stan and Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is available to watch on Netflix.