Jerry Seinfeld to host new show: “Marriage Ref”

Annoying comedian and former sitcom star Jerry Seinfeld will be back on the airwaves inflicting his unique brand of mean humor on the public. Only this time he’ll be trying to impart marriage and relationship advice while getting his trite digs in. The 55 year-old comedian will host a show called “Marriage Ref” in which he and a panel of celebrities meet with troubled couples and provide advice for their problems. It sounds fascinating. The LA Times has more, including the detail that the concept was allegedly conceived by Seinfeld’s wife. I wonder whose original idea she jacked for that one.

Jerry Seinfeld is giving the credit for his return to network television to his wife, Jessica.

The comedian said his wife came up with the idea for “The Marriage Ref,” a comedic look at the battles between married couples. The show will premiere on NBC Feb. 28 after the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.

The concept came up during an argument Seinfeld and his wife were having while out at dinner with a friend. When the friend became uncomfortable and tried to leave, the couple persuaded the friend to listen to both sides of the dispute and decide who was right. They agreed to abide by the decision.

“Sports simplicity is what’s missing in marriage,” Seinfeld said.

Each show will feature three to five couples who will air their disagreement during a filmed segment at their home. A panel of celebrities in a studio will then debate the issues before handing the matter over to comedian Tom Papa — the Marriage Ref — who will make the final judgment.

Panelists already signed to appear include Tina Fey, Charles Barkley, Alec Baldwin and Larry David. Seinfeld is expected to appear during the premiere and a few other episodes.

When asked why his show did not have a panel of experts to guide the couples, Seinfeld quipped, “Experts are helpful. That’s not our thing.”

[From LA Times via The OK Magazine]

Please let this fail please let this fail. I can’t stand this couple ever since Jessica stole an entire cookbook andJerry defamed the author, calling her a “wacko” and comparing her to a serial killer.

The London Telegraph reports that some of the husband/wife scenarios “include a husband who enrages his wife by parking a motorcycle in their living room, and a couple who argue about whether to have their dead dog stuffed.” Whatever happened to regular couple arguments over the kids, money, or housework?

A lot of my friends loved Seinfeld but I never got the appeal of the show. I found it formulaic and thought the characters were too narcissistic. We’ll see how this goofy show does on TV. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it tanks. Jerry Seinfeld can go drive his vintage Porsches and continue making lame jokes about his privileged life.

Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld are shown at the Bee Movie premiere on 10/27/08. I hated that movie and I can tolerate all kinds of kid films. Credit: Juan Rico/Fame Pictures


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  1. Goddess711 says:

    Yeahhhhhh no. Marriage advice from Seinfeld and his plagaristic wife are not what I call “dependable” where giving out marriage advice is concerned. Why is he still around? His show is wayyyyyyyyyyy over.

  2. LolaBella says:

    The premise for this show sounds stupid.

    Oh, and how wise and sage of Jerry and his perfect wife to be dolling out marital advise to less perfect, unfortunate people whose lives and marriages aren’t PERFECT like the Seinfelds’. *Eyeroll*

    Pretentious, holier-than-thou twits! Ugh.

  3. Jewbitch says:

    Can’t stand him. He gives Jews a bad name.

  4. Firestarter says:

    I cannot think of anything I would hate watching more.


  5. Jewbitch says:

    Oh, and that second picture makes me want to smack both of them. Gag.

  6. Dorothy says:

    “Please let this fail please let this fail. I can’t stand this couple…” i totally agree!!! Also remember she was married only like 3 weeks when she started dating Jerry!!

  7. LolaBella says:

    @Firestarter: Today is your loverboy’s BDay! Hope you have a great day.

    *Takes a shot of Goose in Rob’s honor and listens to Dragula*

  8. Jillian says:

    Looks like I’m the odd woman out here. I love Jerry. I would watch this even though it sounds kind of stupid.

  9. Praise St. Angie! says:

    lolabella, especially ironic considering how the two got together.

    she was recently married, met Seinfeld at a gym, and decided to dump her husband because Seinfeld was essentially a “better” catch.

    so, uh, her take on marriage is a bit tainted.

  10. Firestarter says:

    @LolaBella- YES IT IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *blasts Living Dead Girl*

    On Topic- That bottom picture IS vomit inducing!

  11. princess pea says:

    The first time I saw anything about this show, I thought I read Jerry SPRINGER, which made a lot more sense to me.

    I don’t like Seinfeld, and I don’t think I would like watching people bicker about their relationship, frankly. But that’s why the conflicts are so wacky, I’ll bet. Anyone here want to watch a couple fight about something serious, like money or kids? Naw, I didn’t think so. They’ll only be able to air silly stuff, especially since they’re aiming for a comedy angle.

  12. Tess says:


    Good God. We’re in total agreement.

  13. bella says:

    Yeah, my favourite (read: the only character I liked) on Seinfeld was Kramer. The rest of the characters were whiny and irritating, and I didn’t “get” the humour of the show either. So, I’ll file this under “stuff I won’t watch” along with all the reality shows already there.

  14. Really? says:

    The show ‘Seinfeld’s success is all due to the brilliant Larry David. Seinfeld (and his fantastic costars) delivered those brilliant lines.

    Jerry Seinfeld and his corrupt wife couldn’t come up with an interesting, original idea if their lives depended on it. Talk about milking the Larry David cow for all it is worth, Seinfeld is still trying to ride the waves of that successful show Larry David created.

    You suck Jerry, so does your wife.
    Her first husband thinks so as well.

  15. Tia C says:

    CB, I’m glad you referred to him as an “annoying comedian” – that’s exactly how I’ve come to look at him. Although I have to admit I did enjoy his little run on Curb Season 7 recently – that was pretty funny – but I’m with you on wanting this very dumb-sounding “Marriage Ref” show to fail. Let everything he tries henceforth end in abyssmal failure. He’s had his success and he is set for life. He and his shallow plagiarizing wife can just ride off into the sunset and enjoy the rest of their lives together without ever bothering us again!

  16. Popcorny says:

    LOL – that I’m not the only one who opened this article RELIEVED to see the opening words written “annoying comediann”.
    It calmed me down instantly.
    I loved the show Seinfeld, but can’t stand Seinfeld himself -the guy’s an ass.

  17. danielle says:

    Didn’t care for the Seinfeld show – and Jerry was the most annoying thing on it. Don’t find him funny.

  18. Phowie says:

    How about if the battling couple get to put on boxing gloves and get in a ring to go a few tag team style rounds with Seinfeld and the missus while the celebrity guest star refs the match. I don’t know if it would resolve any disagreement but I know I would sure feel better.

  19. lucy2 says:

    Love the Seinfeld show, but can’t stand Jerry himself. After watching Curb, I’m starting to agree that all of the Seinfeld goodness came from Larry David.

    I would love it if the first couple he has to ref are newleyweds where the wife is trying to ditch the husband for a narcissistic millionaire. What would he say to that?

    His wife total stole that book, so I wonder who really came up with the idea for the show he’s giving her credit for? And Jerry was SOOOOO out of line calling that author a wacko – it was a legal situation and he should not have commented, let alone slandered her like that. I think he’s one who’s ego grew with his bank account and he doesn’t mind stepping on the little people.

  20. Susette says:

    The only thing that really bothers me about this is that when the show fails (and it MUST!), they’ll say it’s a casualty of the Seinfeld Curse. When actually it’s a stupid concept from a thieving woman, and Jerry is a limited and unlikeable guy.

    I liked the Seinfeld show, but as Really? said, that was all Larry David. I never liked Seinfeld, himself.

  21. Praise St. Angie! says:

    I have to echo what so many are saying.

    I only recently started watching “Curb your Enthusiasm” and I can TOTALLY see how much of “Seinfeld” was actually Larry David.

  22. CiCi says:

    what a fitting picture: obnoxious and offensive to the senses.

  23. Catherine says:

    I really liked Seinfeld back in the days of his show but my whole image of him was blown when he was the first guest on Leno this year and acted like a complete fool.
    I can’t say will be giving this show a go.
    My kids wouldn’t touch a thing out of his wife’s book. The recipes were easy yet disgusting.

  24. lucy2 says:

    Now that I think about it, it’s pretty funny his wife thought we’d believe she did a cookbook for kids. You KNOW they probably have a couple of private chefs who do all that. I really doubt she’s ever set foot in their kitchen.

    Susette, you’re right. He is very unlikable.

  25. Lee says:

    Thank goodness, Celebitchy, you hit all the right notes on this! We can’t ever forget the arrogant thievery those two pulled off. I consider him just as guilty as her, since they traded on his celebrity to flog it, and he added insult to injury by slagging the real author.

  26. coucou says:

    Ok, let’s take a look back in their marital history, uh, before they were married, because legend has it that this prikc hit on her while she was ON HER HONEYMOON and she ditched her new husband for him. Yeah, just the kind of people we need to be looking to for marital advice. Give me a ***king break.

    Well, i guess hey are perf for eachother, he stole her on her honeymoon, and then she went and stole a book idea. Match made in heaven maybe, but more like my kind of hell.

    May they rot and become as significant as they wish the weren’t.

  27. Kathie says:

    Speaking of ego..It reminds me of a story I heard attributed to Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Seinfield’s “people” got in touch to say he wanted to do a voice over on South Park, I think he wanted to play the gay dog or something, instead Stone and Parker offered him the role of the “7th Turkey” a non speaking role and of course a ridiculous offer since the Turkey didn’t say anything anyway..of course Seinfield was pissed and turned down the part in a huff..I LOVE that story and every time I am forced to read about this elitist cretin I imagine it as part of the article. I HATE plagiarists and rich, self entitled ones earn an outsize share of my animus!

  28. jen says:

    I was a MASSIVE Seinfeld (show) fan – still am, watch the reruns all the time, quote from it almost as much as I do from The Simpsons – but the MAN Seinfeld? Yeah, no. Can’t stand him. And I agree with those who say once you watch Curb you’ll see that the success of Seinfeld was due more to David that Seinfeld, absolutely. Oh, and the fantastic (rest of the) cast.

  29. Aspie says:

    I never understood the comedic appeal of “Seinfeld” either.

    To me, “Friends” (which was constantly compared to Seinfeld and the show’s writers were accused of stealing similar jokes and plotlines from Seinfeld as well) was always a much funnier show.

    But oddly enough, I find “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (which was created by Larry David, who also created Seinfeld) to be absolutely hilarious. Go figure.

  30. Volō Dīcere says:

    Goopy could be a guest star.

  31. eddie says:

    he is indeed an idiot. He was OK when he was younger, but it seems the celebrity status played quite a role on him, it made him obnoxious and prone to act like a moron one cannot talk normaly with.. arogant full-of-himself no-good-anymore comedian.. he is “on the smart side”, he is “on the smarts team”, “people are stupid”, he is “smart”.. oh, give us a f break, please, go somewhere and talk to a mirror about how smart you are (not)!

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