Jerry Seinfeld: ‘I Think I’m On The Spectrum’
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld says he believes he may be on the autism spectrum.
Seinfeld tells NBC News that he sees traits of autism in himself, indicating that he isn’t the best socially and does not always follow what others are saying.
“I think on a very drawn-out scale, I think I’m on the spectrum,” said Seinfeld, 60. “You’re never paying attention to the right things. 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.”
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The revelation came in an interview to promote a new season of Seinfeld’s web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” Each episode finds the comedian cruising in a different classic car alongside a celebrity pal. Guests have included Chris Rock, Jay Leno, Sarah Jessica Parker and Larry David.
Seinfeld said fellow comedians are “the only kind of people that I feel completely relaxed around.”
Nonetheless, he doesn’t see his autism tendencies negatively.
“I don’t see it as — as dysfunctional. I just think of it as an alternate mindset,” he said.