'Seinfeld': The Ugly Spat Between Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Roseanne Barr – 'They Think They're Doing Samuel Beckett'

Seinfeld, that famously hit NBC show about nothing, was loved by many but most definitely not by all.

One very vocal critic of the show? Roseanne Barr. Not only did she dislike the series, but things got unpleasant after a minor incident between the comedian and the cast of Seinfeld.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus picked the worst spot to park in

According to Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong the actor, who played Elaine Benes on the series, made the colossal error of parking in a spot that belonged to another celebrity. She would come to regret it.

“Julia Louis-Dreyfus inadvertently parked in a spot designated for Roseanne Barr’s then husband, Tom Arnold, who at the time – March 1993 – starred in his own show, The Jackie Thomas Show, also filmed at CBS Studio Center,” she wrote.

“Louis-Dreyfus later said that she was instructed to park there by the parking attendants. Arnold left a note on Louis-Dreyfus’ car: ‘How stupid are you? Move your f*cking car, you a**hole!’”

According to the book, Louis-Dreyfus’ castmate Jason Alexander and the show’s co-creator Larry David apparently approached Arnold about the note. While the author didn’t detail what transpired in their conversation, she did note that shortly after, Louis-Dreyfus received on her windshield a Polaroid of buttocks, as well as a vulgar word written in soap on her windshield.

Roseanne Barr made it public

Unfortunately, what had been an innocent error on Louis-Dreyfus’ part blew up into a publicized mini-scandal. Publicly, it turned into a battle between Seinfeld‘s New York elites and Roseanne‘s blue-collar persona.

“The incident went public,” continued Armstrong, “and Barr sort of apologized, but mostly, she called Louis-Dreyfus a bitch on Letterman, then added derisively, “They think they’re doing Samuel Beckett instead of a sitcom.”

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While Louis-Dreyfus and the rest of the Seinfeld cast did their best not to comment on the nasty incident, Jason Alexander did remark to Rolling Stone, according to Armstrong, “I am willing to make a bet that she has never read anything Beckett ever wrote.”

Tom Arnold revisited the incident years later

In a 2018 appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the host asked Tom Arnold if he had, in fact, defaced Louis-Dreyfus’ car. The actor explained his side of the story.

“I wrote a note, I didn’t know it was her car at the time,” Arnold said. “And then my ex-wife Roseanne took a Polaroid of [her former Roseanne costar] John Goodman’s naked a**, and put that on Julia’s car, and then took soap and wrote ‘Julia Louis-Drey**’ on her car.”

As Arnold went on in his story and the details became more and more unsavory, Cohen and the audience gasped.

“It’s a very famous Seinfeld story,” Arnold said. “You know what? The Seinfeld people were being crappy…God bless Roseanne.”

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