''Seinfeld'' stars boycott DVD. Jerry Seinfeld's costars are angry about their financial deals

By Brian Hiatt
Updated December 23, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
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Three of ”Seinfeld”’s stars have nothing to say about the show about nothing. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, and Jason Alexander have refused to give interviews for upcoming DVD compilations of the series because they feel they haven’t gotten their fair share of the show’s profits, according to the New York Times. The actors are upset that they would only receive a ”small recording fee” for participating in the DVD, rather than a percentage of its sales, according to the Times, which cites anonymous sources close to the actors.

A Jerry Seinfeld spokeswoman told the Times that he was unhappy with his former castmates’ decision, and that he hoped to speak with them soon to try to change their minds. A DVD of the show’s first season was set for release in December 2004, with the other eight seasons to follow, according to the Times. But Fritz Friedman, a senior vice president at Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, told the Times that the cast members’ refusal to participate poses a dilemma: ”Fans complain if we release bare-bones product.” Well, hopefully they’re low-talkers.

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