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Was HBO’s Seinfeld Tribute An April Fool’s Joke?

Apparently not, even though the event, which featured Jerry, Chris Rock, Robert Klein and Garry Shandling in a panel discussion/roast moderated by Anderson Cooper, was filmed almost 18 months ago.

Nancy Geller, the network’s senior VP, original programming, wasn’t available to comment, but she told the Post there was “no thought of putting this on HBO.” Which, of course, begs the question as to why it was being filmed in the first place?

As Seinfeld himself noted during the special: “Your whole career as a comedian is about making fun of pretentious, high-minded, congratulatory, b.s. events like this one. The whole feeling in this room of reverence and honoring is the exact opposite of everything I have wanted my life to be about. I really don’t want to be up here. … I want to be in the back over there … saying something funny to somebody about what a crock this whole thing is.”

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