The saying goes, “Never say never,” and despite saying never in the past, it seems Jerry Seinfeld may be changing his tune about a Seinfeld reboot/revival. When Seinfeld stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss Comedians in Cards Getting Coffee, which will feature Ellen DeGeneres, the talk show host asked Seinfeld about the recent uptake in sitcom revivals.
“All these sitcoms are having a resurgence,” DeGeneres says. “Roseanne is doing it, I heard Murphy Brown—is that really true, Murphy Brown is doing it?”
“Murphy Brown? And Candice Bergen is coming back?” Seinfeld asks. “I think I know where you’re going with this, but why don’t you finish it.”
“Well,” DeGeneres says to her guest, “do you think, Jerry, there would be a possibility that Seinfeld would come back?”
“It’s possible,” Seinfeld says before getting cut off by thunderous audience applause. “Oh, they like the idea.”
Seinfeld and the show’s co-creator Larry David have been asked about bringing his beloved series back from the dead before. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Seinfeld said he was not interested in picking back up with the series as David then planned to do with Curb Your Enthusiasm.
“But we did have an offer—I won’t say who from—to do a new, live episode of Seinfeld on TV,” Seinfeld told THR. Did he consider it? “No.”
In 2017, when asked whether the show would come back in any form, Seinfeld told Entertainment Tonight, “Why? Maybe it’s nice that you continue to love it instead of us tampering with something that went pretty well.”
The cast, which includes Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards, reunited for a fake Seinfeld reunion as part of an arc on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.
DeGeneres recently asked Jennifer Aniston about a Friends reunion, another show that constantly gets reunion rumors swirling, whether by fake movie trailers or just simply the former costars going to dinner.
“Anything is a possibility, Ellen,” Aniston said. “Anything! Right? I mean, George Clooney got married…That’s like an anything can happen.”
The other Friends stars and co-creator Marta Kauffman have been pretty adamant about the reunion possibilities. “There will never be a Friends reunion movie,” Kauffman said at a 2016 TCA panel. Kauffman has said that line for years, “Friends was about that time in your life when your friends are your family and once you have a family, there’s no need anymore,” she told E! News.
Murphy Brown and Roseanne are just the latest revived classic TV shows waiting in the wings. NBC found success with Will & Grace. Fox has brought back The X-Files, 24 and Prison Break after all three ended. Meanwhile, CBS is working on reboots of Cagney and Lacey, as well as Magnum P.I. after successfully rebooting both Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver.
Seinfeld is now streaming on Hulu.