Jerry Seinfeld sent out a virtual memo to everyone this week that says please do not ask him for a hug. While conducting a red carpet interview at the David Lynch Foundation's National Night of Laughter and Song at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., singer Kesha interrupted to introduce herself, told the comedian she loves him, and asked for a hug, to which he offered a curt, two-word reply: "No thanks!"
In fact, the entire exchange was cringeworthy:
"Please?" Kesha pleaded.
"No thanks!" he repeated.
"A little one?"
"Yeah, no thanks!"
"Aw-ha-haw!" she exclaimed as she left.
"I don't know who that was," he confessed to interviewer Tommy McFly of D.C. radio station 94.7 Fresh FM, who told him it was Kesha, which didn't seem to sound familiar to Jerry at all. "Okay," he said dubiously, "well, I wish her the best."
The moment overshadowed Jerry's other red carpet comments that night, including coming out in support of Kathy Griffin after her recent controversial photo shoot by calling it a mere bad joke.
“Yes, it was another bad joke. Every comedian tells bad jokes,” he told PEOPLE. “We all do it. That’s how we find the good jokes. So someone told a bad joke — so what, I don’t understand the big deal.”
Jerry is currently on tour with his standup, with dates scheduled through November. You'll know what not to ask him for if you happen to meet him.