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During an interview with Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News Thursday, Jerry Seinfeld said he thinks he might have autism.
“I think, on a very drawn-out scale, I think I’m on the spectrum.”
“Basic social engagement is really a struggle. I’m very literal, when people talk to me and they use expressions, sometimes I don’t know what they’re saying. But I don’t see it as dysfunctional. I just think of it as an alternate mindset.”
This marks the first time he ever discussed being on the spectrum, though he performed at benefits for autism charities many times, including Autism Speaks events and 2012’s Night of Too Many Stars.
“I know that that’s the healthiest thing I can do. If you’re more interested in what you have achieved or what your financial position enables you to do than that thing that got those things, you’re screwed. In my opinion, you’re screwed.”
When asked what make someone funny, he thinks God has something to do with it.
“There’s no rhyme or reason to who God decided to give a sense of humor to. You just find it in your stocking…and these people that took it and just didn’t want to do anything else in life but play with that toy, I’m endlessly fascinated and intrigued by them.”