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Richards returned to national prominence in a rather unfortunate manner in 2006.Responding to a black audience member who had been heckling him during a comedy show, Richards unleashed an angry, racist tirade laced with racial slurs.Auditioning for the role of Seinfeld's quirky neighborhood Cosmo Kramer, Richards did a handstand in the middle of his performance and then continued on with his lines as if nothing had happened. He came so fully to inhabit the personality of Kramer that writer Larry David began reworking dialogue to fit Richards' conception of the character."At this point, Larry writes with what I do," Richards told one interviewer at the peak of Seinfeld's run.
Richards hopes that one day people will be able to forgive his off-the-cuff racist comments and remember him for the good he brought to the world in the form of laughter.
Kramer's role in the Seinfeld episode "The Junior Mint" is a subject of conversation between Saddam Hussein and Muammar al-Gaddafi at Petorian president Peter Griffin's pool party in "E. Peter, experimenting with Mormonism, calls one of his wives "Kramer" in "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Fonz".
In "Airport '07", it is revealed that Griffin and his friend Cleveland Brown, an African-American, attended the performance.
The official was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
In 1989, Richards auditioned for a new sitcom, Seinfeld, an offbeat new show headlined by popular standup comedian Jerry Seinfeld. Over the next nine years, from 1989-1998, Richards would make Kramer into one of the most iconic characters in television history – known for his hilariously dramatic entrances, unkempt hair and loveable goofball personality.
"Four years ago, we had no idea what the character was all about." Richards won three Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his performance (1993, 1994, 1997).