See reclusive Michael Richards reunite with Jerry Seinfeld on first red carpet in 9 years

Kramer and Jerry are together again in a rare public appearance from Richards.

On Seinfeld, it was nearly impossible to keep Kramer away from Jerry.

The eccentric neighbor played by Michael Richards would often jitter with hilarious verve as he burst into the apartment. But as much as they might annoy each other, Kramer and Jerry would also support each other — and that dynamic carried over into real life this week when Richards reunited with Jerry Seinfeld on the red carpet for the L.A. premiere of Unfrosted, Seinfeld's new movie about the invention of Pop-Tarts.

The occasion marked Richards' first red carpet appearance in nine years. He last showed up, alongside Seinfeld and their former costar Jason Alexander, for the inaugural Los Angeles Fatherhood Initiative Lunch for Baby Buggy in March 2015.

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Despite winning three Emmys for his performance on Seinfeld, Richards has mostly stayed out of the public eye since his infamous meltdown back in 2006. In the midst of a standup comedy set at the Laugh Factory, Richards responded to hecklers with a racist rant full of slurs. Richards' career was essentially derailed after video of the incident was published by TMZ, though Seinfeld supported him in the crisis.

Richards voiced a minor character in Seinfeld's 2007 animated comedy Bee Movie, and also appeared alongside Seinfeld, Alexander, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus during the extended Seinfeld reunion on season 7 of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

"I started moving into a place of being far more joyous about living … being far more open to people in life," Richards told EW in 2009 about the Curb reunion and what he learned from the Laugh Factory incident. "[Comedy clubs are] a pretty mean environment to be working in. It’s really tough. I didn’t have the skin for it. Not anymore, anyway."

Seinfeld also provided an introduction for Entrances and Exits, Richards' forthcoming memoir whose title seems to reference both the ups and downs of his career and Kramer's trademark arrivals in the Seinfeld apartment.

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