(PIX11) — Part of the conversation with NBC’s Brian Williams was about Jerry Seinfeld’s web series “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.” During the interview, Seinfeld opened up about autism and what he has suspected about himself.
Ken Siri is a board member for the National Autism Association, NY Metro Chapter. His 16-year-old son, Alex, is on the autism spectrum.
Siri told PIX11 that he hopes Jerry Seinfeld’s comments can raise awareness about the autism spectrum.
In the interview with Williams, Seinfeld said:
“I think, on a very drawn-out scale, I think I’m on the spectrum.”
Seinfeld went on later to say:
“But, I don’t see it as dysfunctional, I just think of it as an alternate mindset.”
At Tom’s Restaurant, in Morningside Heights, a restaurant made famous during NBC’s Seinfeld series, fans reacted to Seinfeld’s comments.
Before Seinfeld, in the past, celebrities like Daryl Hannah and Dan Akroyd have come forward saying they are on the spectrum.
Liz Feld, the President of “Autism Speaks” released this statement:
“Jerry Seinfeld has been a champion of the autism community and Autism Speaks for years. The autism spectrum is very broad, representing a diverse community of individuals with a range of talents as well as challenges. There are many people on the spectrum who can relate to Jerry’s heartfelt comments about his own experiences.”