Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander Regrets Criticism of Heidi Swedberg, who played fiancee Susan

There are times in life when someone says something out of turn and they wish they could have another take to get the story right. That’s what former Seinfeld star Jason Alexander tried to do today in defense of recent comments he made about a former co-star.

While appearing on The Howard Stern Show yesterday, Alexander told the King of All Media that show runners of the ultra-successful sitcom killed off his on-screen fiancee Susan (played by actress Heidi Swedberg) because working with her was a “disaster.”

“I love her,” Alexander said. “[But] I kept saying, ‘I’m going out of my mind, you guys. You are killing me. I can’t understand how to play off this girl.”

Alexander said that the decision write Susan off the show came shortly after Swedberg acted with co-stars Julia Louis Dreyfus and Jerry Seinfeld. “They do the week and we get to the restaurant afterwards, and they go ‘You know what? It’s fucken impossible.’ And Julia said, ‘Don’t you just wanna kill her?'”

The comments went viral almost immediately, causing quite a stir in Hollywood. This morning, however, Alexander took to Twitter to elaborate on his comments and to protect his former co-star.

Larry and Jerry were not sure how that relationship would end. They didn’t really want George married but all the alternatives seemed predictable. They were always looking for an inventive end to the engagement. So when the comment was made about “killing”, no one was talking about the actress – they were talking about the character. And that made a creative lightbulb go off apparently.

[Heidi] was generous and gracious and I am so mad at myself for retelling this story in any way that would diminish her. If I had had more maturity or more security in my own work, I surely would have taken her query and possibly tried to adjust the scenes with her. She surely offered. But, I didn’t have that maturity or security.

Check out his segment with Stern via Soundcloud below:

Nicholas C. Martinez

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