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Jason Alexander: Susan Irked 'Seinfeld' Cast, Was Killed Off

By    |   Thursday, 04 Jun 2015 08:47 AM

"Seinfeld" actor Jason Alexander says his on-screen girlfriend Susan Ross met her demise on the show because he and other cast members disliked doing scenes with the actress who portrayed her.

Alexander, who played the popularly obnoxious George Constanza on "Seinfeld," said on the "Howard Stern Show" on Wednesday that his comedic timing with Heidi Swedberg, who portrayed Susan, was consistently off, as it was with the rest of the show's cast, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"I love her, she's a terrific girl," Alexander said about Swedberg. "I couldn't figure out how to play off of her. Her instincts for doing a scene, where the comedy was, and mine were always misfiring. And she would do something, and I would go, 'OK, I see what she's going to do — I'm going to adjust to her.' And I'd adjust, and then it would change."

Alexander said when "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David told him about plans for having his character marry Susan, he knew he had to voice his displeasure about his struggles with Swedberg professionally.

"I kept saying, 'I'm going out of my mind. You're killing me,'" Alexander said of his conversations with David and others on the show. "I said, 'I can't understand how to play off of this girl. I'm sure this stuff is not working. It can't be.' They would say you don't know what you're talking about."

Alexander said when Jerry Seinfeld and Julia Louis-Dreyfus had similar difficulties relating to the actress later that season, David gave in and decided to kill off the character. She met her end when she licked poisonous envelopes for the couple's wedding invitations in Season 7.

The Washington Post said the death seemed to play well with Alexander's crass character, who tried to find dates before Susan's funeral.

Alexander, though, expressed regret for the actress, saying: "Every time I tell this story I cringe because Heidi is the sweetest."

Swedberg moved on from "Seinfeld" and performed in the 1999 movie "Galaxy Quest" and made appearances on television shows "Roswell," "ER," "Gilmore Girls," "Without a Trace" and "Bones."

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