Kesha Makes Funny TikTok About That Time Jerry Seinfeld Rejected Her


| LAST UPDATE 04/12/2021

By Molly Houghton
Kesha TikTok Jerry Seinfeld
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Remember that time comedian Jerry Seinfeld publicly rejected a hug from the Tik Tok singer? Well, you may or may not have forgotten, but Kesha surely remembers. The musician took to social media to show off her sense of humor regarding the uncomfortable (but hilarious) situation.

The 2017 clip went viral following the Red Carpet encounter between the two Hollywood faces. Some Australian fans were so inspired by the interaction that they turned it into a mural in Melbourne! While we're not sure if the iconic piece of art is still up, Seinfeld, fortunately, visited the wall painting and captured a shot to keep it in our memories forever.

And while the incident happened in 2017, Kesha recently relived the moment in a TikTok video. The pop star showed the viral clip and played her song Praying in the back. "But some things only God can forgive," as said in the lyrics she included in the video.



♬ Praying - Kesha

While it's the first time the singer's taken a humorous approach to what happened, she previously discussed the incident with SiriusXM's Hits 1 in Hollywood. "I shoulda known better," Kesha admitted at the time. "I've seen the [Seinfeld] hugging episode, that was my fault." The Shadow performer explained that the exchange made her think, "'Wow, maybe I should stop trying to hug everyone and like attacking them'... [Then] I was like, 'F*** that! No! I like hugging, hugging is magical, hugging is beautiful.'"

Jerry Seinfeld Kesha Hug
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Kesha might think hugging is "magical," but the iconic comedian defended his rejection of the attempted hug, explaining that he had no idea who the singer was. "I'm 63, I don't know every pop star," Seinfeld told Extra back in 2017. "I don't know everyone." Jerry added that physical touch - especially with a "total stranger" - is not his thing. "When you get to be my age and you've done a couple things, you have your own reality," the comedy genius explained. "In my reality... I don't hug a total stranger. I have to meet someone, say hello. I gotta start somewhere."

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"I got a borderline harassment case here!" the Seinfeld co-creator joked, before clarifying there were no hard feelings between the two celebrities. "She was very nice about it, we laughed about it." Jerry also referenced the incident when appearing on Zack Galifianakis' Between Two Ferns, where Cardi B rejected a hug from the comedic icon. "That was the opposite of what happened with Kesha," he hilariously said. We're living for this TikTok throwback!