LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Comedian Michael Richards Monday apologized for a tirade at the Laugh Factory comedy club in Los Angeles in which he allegedly hurled a racial slur at hecklers.
Richards, who played Cosmo Kramer on "Seinfeld," lost it after being heckled by two African-American men, TMZ.com reported Monday.
The debacle was caught on camera with Richards screaming at one of the men, "Fifty years ago we'd have you upside down with a (expletive) fork up your (expletive)."
He continued with the rant, using a 12-letter obscenity and the "n-word" several times, TMZ.com said.
After Richards's outburst, the audience was visibly upset, the TMZ.com report said. Richards responded by saying, "They're going to arrest me for calling a black man a (n-word)."
One of the African-American men at whom Richards was shouting was outraged, shouting back, "That's un-(expletive) called for, ain't necessary."
Most of the audience members got up and left in the show after the 3-minute rant, TMZ.com said.
On Monday, Richards appeared by satellite with Jerry Seinfeld on Letterman and apologized for his behavior.