Jerry Seinfeld apologises to Howard Stern for saying shock jock lacks ‘comedy chops’

Jerry Seinfeld has apologised to Howard Stern for saying the radio host lacked “comedy chops”.

The ‘Seinfeld’ comic, 70, made the remark during a recent appearance on his friends’ Dana Carvey and David Spade’s ‘Fly on the Wall’ podcast, but has now said he’s filled with regret for taking a dig at the 70-year-old shock jock.

He told TMZ: “I really feel bad for what I said about my friend Howard Stern in a conversation with David Spade and Dana Carvey, talking about the glut of comedy podcasts.”

While discussing the popularity of podcasting with Dana and David, Jerry asked the two fellow comedians: “Howard Stern invented this, right?”

He added: “But we’re better than him now. Howard is interesting. Howard is a great interviewer, but comedy chops, I mean, can we speak candidly?”

David said “Sure,” while Dana exclaimed “No!” as they both laughed, before the actor said: “Well, he got Robin, and Robin is a big part of how he’s funny.” He was referring to Howard’s long-standing radio co-host Robin Quivers, 71.

Jerry added: “Yeah, they’re all great but let’s face it, he’s been outflanked by some very, and yourselves, I mean absolutely, this show, comedy podcast.

“This is the best one on the air. Because you guys play nice together, it’s smooth, you’re not jumping on each other, which is annoying to listen to.”

Jerry also told TMZ he “meant to say he must feel surrounded”, but “said ‘outflanked,’ which sounded terrible and insulting”.

He went on: “And of course, none of these little shows are any threat to his giant show.

“Anyway, it was bad and I’m sorry, Howie. I still love you. Please forgive me.”

Jerry also told Dana and David of his amazement at the podcasting boom.

He said: “Who knew there was a market? Who knew people wanted to get to know us? Who gets the credit for figuring it out?”

And Jerry slammed comedians who get deeply personal on their podcasts instead of bringing humour to their shows.

He added: “Make us laugh – how interesting do you think you are?

“You’re not that interesting, okay? You’re not.

“When you’re funny, you’re worth it. This is my line, which you know me, you know me, no but you know that I draw that line.

“If you’re not that funny, we’re not that interested in you.”