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Larry David Defends Seinfeld Finale: ‘I Thought It Was Clever’

Larry David did a rare podcast interview with Grantland’s Bill Simmons this week and during a discussion about the possibility of a final Curb Your Enthusiasm season, he revealed that the negative backlash to the Seinfeld series finale still bothers him.

David estimated 6-1 odds against the return of Curb on HBO, saying, “I got so much grief from the Seinfeld finale, which a lot of people intensely disliked that I no longer feel the need to wrap things up.” He said he was not still “mad” about the reaction but that it did teach him a lesson about how to end a show.

“The thing about finales is that everybody writes their own finale in their head,” David told Simmons, which means showrunners are expected to meet their audiences’ expectations instead of subverting them as they can do on a weekly basis.

When Simmons said he was initially “disappointed” with the Seinfeld ending, but enjoys it more in retrospect, David thanked him and decided to “toot” his own horn for a second.

“I thought it was clever to bring back all those characters in a courtroom and testify against them for what they did,” David said of the finale’s structure, before stopping himself from expressing too much “self-aggrandizement.”

Watch video below, via Grantland:

Listen to the full interview at grantland.com.

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