Wayne Knight Of ‘Seinfeld’ Shares Why He Thinks Fans Hated The Show’s Finale

Wayne Knight is opening up about his conflicting emotions on the broadly lambasted sequence finale of “Seinfeld,” 24 years after it aired.

The New York actor performed Jerry Seinfeld’s mail-carrier nemesis, Newman, on the beloved NBC sitcom, which wrapped in 1998 after 9 seasons. Throughout a latest look at Pennsylvania’s Metal Metropolis Conference, he defined why he felt that the present’s two-part conclusion ― merely titled “The Finale” ― “didn’t quite land in the way that [co-creators Larry David and Seinfeld] wanted.”

“I think I’m like the rest of the public as far as the finale goes. I don’t think you can end that show in a way that would work,” he stated, in accordance with ComicBook.com. “The idea of doing a retrospective winds up feeling like a clip show, so I think that they tried to pay tribute to all of the people who had walked through that set, all the great performances, all the great people.”

“I don’t think you can end that show in a way that would work,” actor Wayne Knight (proper) stated of “Seinfeld.”

In “The Finale,” Jerry and George (Jason Alexander) be taught that their sitcom-within-a-sitcom, “Jerry,” has been given the inexperienced mild 5 years after having been shelved. To have a good time, the 2 males be part of friends Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Kramer (Michael Richards) on a visit to France.

When their aircraft makes an emergency touchdown in Latham, Massachusetts, the foursome is hauled off to jail after witnessing a carjacking and doing nothing, thus violating the fictional city’s “Good Samaritan Law.” The episode ends with the characters nonetheless behind bars and displaying no regret for his or her actions.

The episode drew scathing opinions from followers and critics alike. “The show’s swan song was off-key and bloated,” Leisure Weekly declared, whereas USA Immediately known as it “dismal” and a “slow, smug exercise in self-congratulation.”

David, who can be the star and mastermind behind HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” has since defended “The Finale” in latest interviews.

From left: Jason Alexander, Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the final episode of "Seinfeld," which aired in 1998.
From left: Jason Alexander, Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards and Julia Louis-Dreyfus within the last episode of “Seinfeld,” which aired in 1998.

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“I think the thing about finales is everybody writes their own finale in their head, whereas if they just tune in during the week to a normal show, they’re surprised by what’s going on,” he advised Grantland in 2014. “They haven’t written it beforehand, they don’t know what the show is. But for a finale, they go, ‘Oh, well this should happen to George, and Jerry and Elaine should get together,’ and all that. They’ve already written it, and often they’re disappointed, because it’s not what they wrote.”

Knight, nonetheless, isn’t so positive, telling ComicBook.com that David’s effort to “show that these people are not deserving of any glory” was ill-advised.

“He wanted them to have the worst time possible,” he stated. “And as a concept, that works, but I don’t know if it works as a finale.”