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Seinfeld Casting
Rumor Jerry
Seinfeld Says Is
100% Not True
By SAMANTHA BAMBINO
It's hard to imagine Jerry Seinfeld surrounded by anyone else on his hit 1990s sitcom besides Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Michael Richards. However, as with any television project, there were other actors considered throughout the casting process.
Paul Shaffer, who served as musical director and band leader on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” was one of those actors who claimed to have been in the running to play George Costanza, Seinfeld’s neurotic best friend. However, Seinfeld himself has since refuted this claim.
Shaffer claimed that the only reason he wasn’t cast as George was because he didn’t have time to call Seinfeld back. In a 2017 interview with Howard Stern, Seinfeld bluntly responded, "Wrong ... Never ... I don't know how that got started. Not true."