“Jerry is a great friend of ours, and a friend of Kelly’s, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s an entertainment icon,” stated executive producer Michael Gelman in the press release. “It’s a great way to kick off the new beginning of our show.”
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Entertainment icon Jerry Seinfeld’s comedy career took off after his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1981. Eight years later, he teamed up with fellow comedian Larry David to create what was to become one of the most successful series in the history of television, Seinfeld. The show ran on NBC for nine seasons, winning numerous Emmy, Golden Globe and People’s Choice awards, and was named the greatest television show of all time in 2009 by TV Guide. Since ending his hit series, Seinfeld has starred in, written and produced movies (Comedian, Bee Movie), executive-produced a television show (The Marriage Ref), directed and produced a Broadway hit (Colin Quinn Long Story Short), and even written a children’s book (Halloween). He remains active as a standup comedy performer, touring the country continuously. Seinfeld resides in New York City with his wife and three children.