UPDATE: Jason Alexander apologized to Heidi Swedberg on Thursday.
“To Heidi, I personally apologize. You are a sweetheart. I actually launched into this on Stern to defend you. But this is why I’m not a lawyer. Now everybody, calm down and just enjoy the reruns and think, ‘why did he think this wasn’t working? This is great.'”
Read the rest of his apology here.
EARLIER: What did Susan Ross do to deserve her untimely death at the hands of a poison envelope? One star of the “show about nothing” finally has an appropriate answer: nothing.
On Wednesday’s Howard Stern Show, Jason Alexander addressed the rumor that George Costanza’s fiancée was killed off because he couldn’t stand the woman playing her. “She’s a terrific girl,” Alexander insisted about actress Heidi Swedberg. “I couldn’t figure out how to play off of her.”
Alexander explained that he and Swedberg just couldn’t get their comedic timing down during their time together on Seinfeld. When he heard that George and Susan would be getting engaged, he wasn’t exactly thrilled by the idea. “I went, ‘Oh great, who’s playing George?'” Alexander recalled. But his castmates lobbied for the benefits of Swedberg’s character—at least until Jerry Seinfeld and Julia Louis-Dreyfus were given a lot of material with her.
After that episode, “Julia actually said, ‘I know, don’t you just want to kill her?'” Alexander said. And so Larry David’s plan for the end of season 7 was hatched. That’s show business.