Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has come out and explained the awkward encounter with pop singer Kesha that has been making the rounds on the Internet. According to an interview with Extra, Seinfeld said that he just didn’t know who Kesha was, and that he is averse to hugging “total strangers”. “I’m 63, I don’t know ever pop star,” Seinfeld said, trying to make clear that it was nothing personal. He also said of the context of the encounter, “I was right in the middle of an interview, it was a little off.”
In the video that was circulating, Kesha approaches Seinfeld with her arms outstretched on the red carpet at an event held by the David Lynch Foundation. In the clip, Kesha says, “I’m Kesha, I love you so much, can I give you a hug?” Seinfeld, who was indeed in the middle of an interview with Washington D.C. radio host Tommy McFly, replied, “No, thanks” and held his hand up in an attempt to ward off Kesha, who tried to come in a second time for a hug. McFly had to inform Seinfeld of Kesha’s identity, and Seinfeld told Extra that he later laughed off the incident with Kesha, although he clarified he still didn’t develop enough of a relationship with the singer to give her the hug.
The David Lynch Foundation was holding a fundraiser towards spreading the use of Transcendental Meditation in urban areas and communities with a high concentration of veterans. The fundraiser was mostly a celebrity-filled concert, attended by many people with political leanings, including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. Kesha and Seinfeld joined comedians Jay Leno and Margaret Cho, as well as musician Ben Folds among the performers. Actor Hugh Jackman also made an appearance on stage during the event. Seinfeld in particular is a huge promoter of meditation, and has reportedly been successful in convincing other celebrities to join the movement.