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Jerry Seinfeld talks James Gunn firing: 'If they’re jokes, it doesn’t matter'

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Aug 15, 2018

Jerry Seinfeld recently offered his two cents on Disney' firing of James Gunn during an interview with The New York Times

"I didn’t read the jokes, but if they’re jokes, it doesn’t matter," the comedian said. "I guess Roseanne Barr thought she was being funny, but it wasn’t funny — and if it’s offensive and not funny, then it’s not a joke. But any comedian that doesn’t understand that dynamic, you’re finished anyway."

Gunn was removed as the director on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 last month after old tweets of his — some involving jokes on topics like rape and pedophilia — resurfaced online. Despite an in-depth apology from the filmmaker, the Walt Disney Company decided to sever ties with him, prompting a backlash from both celebrities and fans

Seinfeld — who makes his living on comedy, tours often, and currently hosts the popular talk show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee on Netflix — has a Twitter account, but only uses it to promote his projects. 

So far, a Change.org petition urging Disney to rehire Gunn has reached over 380,000 signatures, with an overall goal of reaching 500,000. In addition, a growing number of Marvel and Hollywood personalities, writers, and actors, have spoken out in defense of the writer/director.

Michael Rooker and Selma Blair were the first two celebrities to voice their outrage over the situation, and subsequently left Twitter in protest. Dave Bautista, meanwhile, has been a vocal supporter of Gunn's, posting multiple tweets expressing his anger and frustration over Disney's decision. Not long after, the entire Guardians cast released an open letter in support of their director. Other folks who have weighed in include Kurt Russell, Glenn Close, Jim Starlin, Mike Colter, Rob Liefeld, and David Hasselhoff

Reportedly, Gunn's representatives are currently negotiating his exit from Marvel Studios/Disney, which supposedly still plans to use his script for Guardians Vol. 3. While certain reports claim that it would be highly unlikely for Disney to rehire Gunn, those close to the negotiations recently told Deadline that there is a very slim chance that he could still be brought back in some way