Jerry Seinfeld Backtracks, 'I Don't Have Autism'
Comedian tells 'Access Hollywood': 'I'm not on the spectrum'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2014 10:04 AM CST
Jerry Seinfeld pauses as he's interviewed on the red carpet at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 19, 2014, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
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(Newser) – Jerry Seinfeld is on the autism spectr—um, never mind. The comedian is backtracking after he claimed to be mildly autistic in an interview with NBC News, noting, "I think I'm on the spectrum" as "basic social engagement is really a struggle." Now he tells Access Hollywood, "I don't have autism; I'm not on the spectrum." He says he watched a play about the disorder and "I related to it on some level. That's all I was saying." As for those who say he oversimplified the disorder, Seinfeld says, per the Hollywood Reporter, it was all blown out of proportion.