Jason Alexander stopped by "The Howard Stern Show" yesterday, and during the interview, he finally addressed a mystery "Seinfeld" fans have been debating for years.
Why was George Costanza's fiancée, Susan Ross (played by Heidi Swedberg), suddenly killed off just before their impending wedding?
If you don't remember or you never watched the show, George's fiancée unceremoniously drops dead after licking too many cheap wedding invitation envelopes George bought.
And as it turns out, there was an actual reason for her sudden departure -- other than, you know, to display how cruelly relieved George (aka Satan's favorite nephew) is when he finds out he doesn't have to get married.
Apparently, Jason Alexander just really hated acting with her.
As he explained to Howard Stern, though he liked her very much as a person, he had a lot of trouble finding "the funny" in scenes with her.
As he put it,
I couldn't figure out how to play off of her. Her instincts for doing a scene -- where the comedy was -- and mine, were always misfiring.
He complained about it often, and soon, Jerry Seinfeld and Julia Louis-Dreyfus also acknowledged the difficulty.
During a dinner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus voiced her own complaints and said,
Don't you want to just KILL her!
And the rest is history.
It's enlightening to hear about the motivation for one of my favorite plot points in the series, but this interview does feel a little like Muhammad Ali beating up a postman.
Heidi Swedberg continued to act after the show, and she probably doesn't need some of the most famous people in the world talking about how she sucked in scenes.
Also, it's a little annoying Jason Alexander keeps calling this middle-aged woman "a wonderful girl."
But that said, I can't help myself: I love him, I love the show and I love that they killed her.