Why Jerry Seinfeld Refused $100M Sitcom Offer

A former NBC executive recently told FOX News that actor comedian Jerry Seinfeld had turned down a deal to do one more season of “Seinfeld” for $100 million dollars.

Warren Littlefield and the other heads of NBC thought making such an offer was a lock to be able to get a tenth season of the highly rated sitcom out of Jerry, but they got a shock when Seinfeld told them he would rather start a family.

“We didn’t mess around. What we put on the table was unheard of. We went in there with a staggering sum, and there was tremendous confidence that no one could walk away from it. … (Seinfeld) came to me and said, ‘I don’t have a life. I’m not married. I don’t have kids.’ We gave it everything we had. He was tempted, but in the end, it was a quality-of-life decision,” Littlefield said.

So after the 9th and final season ended in 1998 Jerry went on to marry Jessica Sklar at the end of 1999, and they have since had three children together and currently live on the eastern end of Long Island.

Even without the $100 million extra, Jerry Sienfeld has amassed quite a fortune. At the end of the “Seinfeld” run he was the highest earning celebrity for the year making $267 million, since then he has made millions more in endorsement deals and other TV deals, particularly syndication deals for “Seinfeld.” Between mid 2008 and mid 2009 Seinfeld was considered the highest earning comedian earning $85 million in a 12-month period.




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