Jerry Seinfeld Talks About Teenagers, Being A Father, And Whether Or Not His Kids Watch His Show
Does Jerry Seinfeld’s kids watch his show, Seinfeld? Maybe.
“[My daughter] used to watch, but I haven’t seen her watch lately,” he admitted to E! News in an exclusive interview. “I can’t tell because she’s under the covers with the phone. So I don’t really know what they’re watching.”
Seinfeld granted the interview after a busy day of hosting the GOOD+ Foundations 2016 Fatherhood Lunch at the Palm Restaurant in Tribeca. The GOOD+ Foundation is led by his wife Jessica who started the foundation in 2001 after the birth of the Seinfeld’s daughter, Sascha. The goal of the foundation is to empower fathers by giving them positive parenting and discipline strategies. Since it began, GOOD+ Foundation has supported over 20,000 families, reports Haute Living.
Yesterday’s lunch guest list included Alex Gorsky, David Lauren, Stacey Bendet Eisner, Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, Michael Strahan, Jeff Gordon, Will Kopelman, Harry Kargman, Jason Weinberg, Sam Champion, Jim Cramer, and Nicky Rothschild. The event raised nearly $275,000.
During the lunch, Seinfeld didn’t hold back on the importance of fatherhood.
“Your father is half of who you are. They are an important piece of the puzzle. We knew if we could get fathers back into the lives of their kids, we could really stabilize this environment … Men are terrible at talking about being a husband and being a father. A gigantic hurdle is encouraging these men talk to each other, share their stories and realize they are not alone. I feel great that I’m able to help other men get into this experience of being a father.”
Jeffry Seinfeld, who is a proud father of two boys ages 11 and 13 and one girl age 15, is thrilled with yesterday’s reception but doesn’t take any of the credit. Instead, he praised his wife to whom he has been married to since 1998.
“Its unbelievable. I didn’t do this, this is all her work and dedication, a lot of work to build this. All the fundraising, being on the phone, etc. It’s difficult. I am proud of her.”
It was a busy day for the Seinfelds as the pair also attended President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s last White House state dinner for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi as well.
Seinfeld, created by Larry David and Jerry himself, ran on NBC from 1989 to 1998. Though set in Manhattan’s Upper West Side in New York City, the show was taped in front of a live audience in Los Angeles. Though the show started out rough and known as The Seinfeld Chronicles, the show slowly picked up momentum and became one of the most popular comedy series ever with reruns playing constantly.
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These days, Seinfeld spends a lot of his time on his show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. When asked if he would like his kids to follow in his footsteps, he told E! News, “I hope so, yeah! I would be very supportive of that,” Jerry said. “It’s a fun business. It’s difficult, but every business is difficult.” But for now, they are still kids who like others are focused on Halloween, only now that they are older, all they really care about is scoring free candy he says.
“They’re getting to that point where they’re like, ‘What’s the easiest way to get the candy?'” he joked. “They’re not so into the characters, they’re like, ‘Can we just hit a few buildings with good candy and wrap it up.'”
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