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Jerry Seinfeld Explains Awkward Kesha Interaction: ‘I Don’t Hug a Total Stranger’

Veteran comic says pair laughed off incident, but they still didn’t hug

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 05: Jerry Seinfeld performs on stage at the National Night Of Laughter And Song event hosted by David Lynch Foundation at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on June 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for David Lynch Foundation); WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 05: Kesha performs on stage at the National Night Of Laughter And Song event hosted by David Lynch Foundation at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on June 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for David Lynch Foundation)

Jerry Seinfeld; Ke$ha

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Jerry Seinfeld has a good explanation for that awkward Kesha interaction – and according to the veteran comedian, the affront wasn’t meant to be taken personally.

“I’m 63, I don’t know every pop star … I don’t know everyone,” Seinfeld told Extra’s AJ Calloway at the GOOD+ Foundation and MR PORTER Fatherhood Lunch. When asked whether he’s just not a hugger, the veteran comic clarified, “I’m not, well, as a total stranger.”

Seinfeld added, “I was right in the middle of an interview, it was a little off. When you get to be my age and you’ve done a couple things, you have your own reality, in my reality … I don’t hug a total stranger. I have to meet someone, say hello. I gotta start somewhere … hug isn’t first moment of a human, two humans. I never did that.”

Yesterday, Seinfeld found himself the subject of a viral clip circulating the Internet, in which he adamantly denied Kesha a hug not once, not twice, but three times while on the red carpet at the David Lynch Foundation’s National Night of Laughter and Song.

In the now-infamous, painfully awkward moment, Kesha excitedly approaches the former Seinfeld star with her arms outstretched, going in for a hug, as the comedian is in the middle of a red carpet interview.

“I’m Kesha, I love you so much,” she says in the video. “Can I give you a hug?”

“No, thanks,” he replies with one hand up, as though to shield himself from the “TiK ToK” singer. On Thursday, Seinfeld joked with Callaway that he has a “borderline harassment case here!”

Not that the sitcom star has anything against Kesha. “I’m sure I would’ve liked her, but I need to know who you are.” Seinfeld added that he and the pop star were able to laugh off the incident afterward off-camera, though he still refused to embrace Kesha.

Jerry Seinfeld makes headlines after dodging three hugs from singer Kesha. Watch here.

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