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Donald Trump versus Jerry Seinfeld
Copyright © 2009, The Los Angeles Times
OK, so it doesn't quite have the same ring to it as "Hello, Newman," the greeting the fictional Jerry Seinfeld gave to his arch-nemesis, played by Wayne Knight, on the comedian's popular sitcom. But Seinfeld's verbal bout with Trump was unscripted -- and seemingly largely one-sided -- so imperfect phrasing can be forgiven.
Yet should one cross Trump, don't expect a shrug and a handshake. Instead, Seinfeld received a rant after the comedian backed out of a charity benefit hosted by one of Trump's sons, supposedly because of the birther issue. Seinfeld's camp has been relatively quiet, but Trump was quoted as taking a swing at Seinfeld's TV credits.
No, not the beloved "Seinfeld," but instead the unscripted show "The Marriage Ref." Said Trump, "What I do feel badly about is that I agreed to do, and did, your failed show, 'The Marriage Ref,' even though I thought it was absolutely terrible."