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‘Seinfeld’ star Michael Richards tells all in memoir

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Michael Richards

“Seinfeld” star Michael Richards opens up in a memoir that delves into his success as Jerry Seinfeld’s irrepressible neighbor Cosmo Kramer and the racial slur that effectively ended his career.

The comic, 74, blames his 2006 racist meltdown on stage at a comedy club on anger, according to excerpts.

“Anger was the matter with me,” he wrote.

While performing stand-up at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, Richards infamously lost his temper when a Black audience member heckled him. The ensuing racist tirade cost Richards his livelihood.

“I have no defense,” Richards writes. “I blew it.”

He said he wanted to apologize to the man he insulted by repeatedly using the N-word after his set, but that person had already left the club.

That wasn’t his first mistake. In “Entrances and Exits,” which hit bookstores Tuesday, Richards recalls walking into the crowd while performing at The Comedy Store, rifling through a woman’s purse for laughs and spilling her medication. She sued the venue.

Richards claims he’s not nearly as outgoing as the “Seinfeld” character he played for more than 170 episodes. At a party hosted by Billy Crystal, Richards said he jumped into a pool fully clothed and stayed underwater for a long time.

“The truth is I liked it better down there than with everybody up on the patio,” he recalled.

Richards said he turned down offers to host “Saturday Night Live” and declined receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But one thing he wanted was an Emmy Award, which led him to submit his own name and pay the $800 application fee he said “Seinfeld” producers didn’t pay in 1993. He won best supporting actor Emmys three of the next five years.

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Kanye West

Kanye West’s former personal assistant is suing the rapper for alleged sexual harassment and wrongful termination.

Lauren Pisciotta also is suing West, who these days goes by Ye, for breach of contract and hostile work environment, according to TMZ.

Pisciotta says she met Ye when he was working on his Yeezy fashion line, and she was hired in Summer 2021, leading to their collaboration on three tracks for that year’s “Donda” album.

Pisciotta claimed she was raking in $1 million a year as an OnlyFans model. Ye asked her to give that up in 2022 and offered to pay her $1 million a year to make up the lost income if she agreed.

It wasn’t long before Pisciotta claims Ye became sexually explicit in text messages. He allegedly sent sexual photos and videos to her, including at least two clips of Ye himself having sex.

Pisciotta says she was promoted to chief of staff for his multiple companies, with a $4 million salary, prior to being axed in October 2022. Despite accepting a $3 million severance package, she claims she’s never received the cash.

The allegations come less than a month after Ye was abandoned by Yeezy chief of staff Milo Yiannopoulos, amid an apparent mass exodus at the company.

Insiders told TMZ that Yiannopoulos objected to Ye’s intent to develop a pornography division.

In April, Trevor Phillips sued Ye for allegedly equating himself to Adolf Hitler, “minus the gas chambers.”

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Halsey

Halsey has been privately battling illness, the singer said Tuesday.

She shared the news in a series of Instagram videos that appear to document the singer receiving infusions.

“Long story short, I'm lucky to be alive,” she wrote in the caption. “Short story long, I wrote an album.”

A diagnosis was not immediately clear.

“I feel like an old lady," Halsey says in the first video, while rubbing her legs in apparent pain. "I told myself I’m giving myself two more years to be sick. At 30, I’m having a rebirth and I’m not gonna be sick and I’m gonna look super hot and have lots of energy.”

The singer also released a new song Tuesday, an acoustic guitar ballad titled “The End.”

The upcoming new album is a follow-up to 2021’s “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power,” produced by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

According to a news release, Halsey is making a donation to both The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Lupus Research Alliance.

From combined wire services

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