LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 09 :  Jerry Seinfeld on the set of his television show 'Seinfeld', November 8, 1997 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
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Turns Out There Was Never A
Real Reason
For Jerry Seinfeld To Hate Newman
First heard in the Season 2 episode “The Revenge” before being brought to life by Wayne Knight, Newman is one of Jerry’s neighbors in “Seinfeld” and Kramer’s friend. One of the show’s greatest mysteries is why the titular character has such a deep-seated hatred for his neighbor — a question that the co-creator and star himself doesn’t exactly have an answer to.
There are several reasons why Seinfeld hated Newman, but none of them are because he deserved it. For Seinfeld, Newman was a natural antagonist, explaining, “It was an instinctive dislike of the character. He was the first person who was coming onto my own show to sabotage me in some way, and so why would I not hate him forever for that?”
But as for why his character hated Newman, the star shared, “The real answer, why I hated Newman, is because it just seemed funny to hate Newman. Everybody has one eccentric friend that’s sort of out there [Kramer]. And their outer orbit friend is someone you cannot deal with. So that was the reasoning.” Unfortunately for Newman, as Seinfeld put it, “It was fun to hate him.”