The 63-year-old comedian is being sued over his Netflix show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee by a producer who claims he initially pitched the concept of the show to him 16 years back, according to TMZ. The producer, Christian Charles – who is seeking a credit on the program, as well as money – claims that the comedy icon turned down the idea at the time, but contacted him in 2011 to follow up on it.
At that time, Charles said he and Seinfeld chatted about the idea and eventually filmed a pilot based on the concept, the outlet reported. Seinfeld and his crew were enamored with the concept, and subsequently devised a marketing strategy with a budget attached to further the intriguing idea, Charles said in court docs.
Charles said in court docs that Seinfeld at that point commandeered the program – which debuted in 2012 – and left him out in the cold. He said he’s seeking remuneration for his development of the series based on a $750,000 (R8931 675.00) per episode rate he says Seinfeld is getting from the streaming service.
Since it’s debut six years ago, Seinfeld has hosted a number of comedic colleagues on the show, such as David Letterman, Jay Leno, Bill Maher, Chris Rock and Howard Stern. In 2015, he took a ride with former President Barack Obama in a special episode.