Jerry Seinfeld Clarifies Autism Comments, Says He’s “Not on the Spectrum” After All

Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld clarified some comments he made to Brian Williams earlier this month about thinking he might be on the autism spectrum Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Jerry Seinfeld made headlines earlier this month when he told NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams that he thought he might be on the autism spectrum. But now he's backtracking a bit, telling Access Hollywood he just "related" to something he saw about autism.

"I don't have autism, I'm not on the spectrum," he clarified during a sit-down with Billy Bush. "I just was watching a play about it, and thought, 'Why am I relating?'…I related to it on some level. That's all I'm saying."

The 60-year-old comic had previously told Williams he struggled sometimes to talk with people, saying, "Basic social engagement is really a struggle. I'm very literal. When people talk to me and they use expressions, sometimes I don't know what they're saying." 

Asked about those comments during his chat with Access Hollywood, Seinfeld said he thinks that problem might be a common one in his industry. "Most of the comedians — in fact, all the comedians that we've had on Comedians in Cars…usually at some point in the show — it doesn't usually get in the show — but I ask them, 'Do you have trouble talking to just regular people?' And they always say yes," he explained.

"It's just, comedians never talk about normal things," he continued. "They don't talk about the weather, and how you're doing…They're always talking about something weird."

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