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Jerry Seinfeld on Kesha Hug: 'I Don't Hug a Total Stranger'

Jerry Seinfeld on Kesha Hug: 'I Don't Hug a Total Stranger'
Jerry Seinfeld declined to let Kesha hug him during an event Monday. (Screen grab via Twitter)

By    |   Friday, 09 June 2017 04:19 PM EDT

Jerry Seinfeld defended his refusal to hug Kesha during an event earlier in the week, telling "Extra"'s AJ Calloway he prefers to know a person before hugging them.

"I’m 63, I don’t know every pop star. ... I don’t know everyone," Seinfeld said, according to "Extra."

Kesha interrupted Seinfeld to ask for a hug during his interview with Tommy McFly on Monday during the Night of Laughter & Song, held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. A video clip of the comedian declining the hug and backing away from the singer went viral.

“I was right in the middle of an interview, it was a little off,” Seinfeld told Calloway at the GOOD+ Foundation and MR PORTER Fatherhood Lunch on Thursday. "When you get to be my age and you've done a couple things, you have your own reality, in my reality … I don't hug a total stranger. I have to meet someone, say hello. I gotta start somewhere … hug isn't first moment of a human, two humans. I never did that.”

“I got a borderline harassment case here!” he laughed, adding that while he didn't hug her, “I'm sure I would've liked her, but I need to know who are you.”

The exchange drew attention on social media.

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Jerry Seinfeld defended his refusal to hug Kesha during an event earlier in the week, telling "Extra"'s AJ Calloway he prefers to know a person before hugging them.
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