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Jason Alexander Finally Explains Why "Seinfeld" Killed Off George's Fiancee Susan



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    Like most "Seinfeld" fans, we still haven't gotten over the death of George's fiancee Susan Ross back in season 7.

    Just kidding. She was actually kind of a pain (after all, she was the one who ruined George's potential relationship with Marisa Tomei). What we actually haven't gotten over, however, is how shockingly out of the blue her death was.

    In case you've somehow forgotten, Susan died suddenly after licking the toxic glue on the cheap envelopes George had decided to order for their wedding invitations.

    After the strange and sudden death, rumors started swirling that the character was killed off because Jason Alexander didn't like working with the actress, Heidi Swedberg. Finally, now almost a decade later, Howard Stern got Alexander to set the record straight on the supposed feud.

    "The actress is this wonderful girl," Alexander says in the interview that aired on the "Howard Stern Show" Thursday. "I love her. She's a terrific girl."

    So what was the problem? Turns out it's a simple matter of comedic instincts.

    "I couldn't figure out how to play off of her," the actor continued. "Her instincts for doing a scene, where the comedy was, and mine, were always misfiring. She would do something, and I would go, 'OK, I see what she's going to do, I'll adjust to her.' And then it would change."

    Unfortunately, Alexander's coworkers didn't quite see what was going on.

    "I had done three episodes with her and Larry [David] calls me up at the beginning of the season, and says, 'Good news, I got a great arc for you this season.' I said, 'Oh that's great, who do I get engaged to?' He said, 'Susan.' I went, 'Oh great, who's going to play George?''

    Costars Jerry Seinfeld and Julia Louis Dreyfus also didn't quite see a problem, and told Alexander at their weekly post-episode dinners that he didn't know what he was talking about — until they also had to do scenes with her.

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    "You know what? It's f---ing impossible!" Alexander quotes Seinfeld and Dreyfus as having said after finally having to work with Swedberg.

    Then, it was Dreyfus who gave Larry David a way to end the season by saying, "Don't you wanna just kill her?"

    Thus, we were treated to one of "Seinfeld's" strangest endings ever.

    "Every time I tell this story I cringe, because Heidi is the sweetest person ever," Alexander said.

    Luckily, since "Seinfeld" will finally join the world of streaming TV when it comes to Hulu on June 24, we'll soon have lots of opportunities to watch and analyze those awkward Susan scenes as many times as we want!