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Jerry Seinfeld is wondering how a show about nothing has turned him into an "actor."
Lawyers for the former sitcom star have asked that a defamation lawsuit brought against him by a steamed cookbook author be tossed out on First Amendment grounds, arguing that any statements she perceived to be derogatory were made while he was in comedian mode.
"Nobody who was listening to Jerry Seinfeld thought he was doing anything but making very funny jokes," attorney Orin Snyder told E! News Monday. "Nobody believed him to be stating facts. Everyone understood him to be doing what he has done so well for so many years, which was telling jokes and entertaining. So the claim against him is frivolous and we have asked the court to dismiss it too."