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March 31, 2020, 8:18 p.m. EDT

Larry David’s pretty, pretty good coronavirus PSA: ‘Go home, watch TV’

‘You’re hurting old people like me,’ says the ‘Seinfeld’ creator in a new video

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By Mike Murphy


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Larry David stars in HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Larry David, the creator of “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” has a message for all the “idiots out there” who aren’t practicing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

“You’re passing up a fantastic opportunity, a once in a lifetime opportunity, to stay in the house, sit on the couch and watch TV. I don’t know how you’re passing that up.”

Larry David

“I basically want to address the idiots out there — and you know who you are. I don’t know what you’re doing, you’re going out, you’re socializing too close — it’s not good,” David said in a public-service-announcement video tweeted by the Office of the Governor of California on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the state’s roughly 40 million residents to stay at home except for essential needs in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. But officials have had to take harsher measures, such as closing state parks , because scofflaws have been flaunting the rules.

“You’re hurting old people like me,” the 72-year-old David said. “Well, not me...I’ll never see you. But you know...other old people who might be your relatives.”

“Go home, watch TV, that’s my advice to you,” he said. “If you’ve seen my show … nothing good ever happens going out of the house, you know that. It’s just trouble out there.”

On “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which ended its 10th season on HBO last week, David plays an exaggerated version of himself — a misanthrope who is generally repelled by social interaction. The show’s executive producer, Jeff Schaffer, told the Hollywood Reporter last week that the character of Larry David would fit right into the coronavirus era.

“Larry has been practicing social distancing his whole life,” he said. “He has been trying to teach people how to behave that way for years. Maybe now people would finally listen.”

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