From a Feud With Roseanne Barr to Walking Away From $110 Million for Season 10: 30 Fascinating Facts About Seinfeld

E! Online | 7/5/2019 | Staff
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13. The Soup Nazi was based on a real chef, who really did not appreciate the gag. Al Yeganeh, known as The Original SoupMan, operated in NYC with a famous set of strict rules that wold result in "no soup for you" if you didn't follow them. When the show imitated him in a 1995 episode, not only did Seinfeld find himself unceremoniously banned from his midtown Manhattan soup stall, but Yeganeh went on CNN and called him a "clown" whose use of "the N word—the Nazi word—is disgraceful." When the interviewer suggested Seinfeld made him famous, Yeganeh countered, "No. He got fame through me. I made him famous."

14. While the show never really viewed anything as off-limits, there was one episode that got shelved after making it all the way to the rehearsal stage with sets built and it focused on Elaine buying a gun. The season two episode was written by future Borat director Larry Charles, and while the premise seemed simple enough, a joke about Elaine shooting herself in the head referring to "The Kennedy," imitating the assassination of the...
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