Jerry Seinfeld ‘Never Wanted to Get Married’ But Here’s Why Wife Jessica Was Different

Jerry Seinfeld is an iconic comedian, known and loved by millions of fans for his hit ’90s sitcom, Seinfeld. A talented writer and producer in addition to being a comedian, Jerry Seinfeld has been in the entertainment industry for more than three decades.

With as busy as Jerry Seinfeld stays during the day, it is important that he enjoys peace and happiness in his off time — and fortunately for the comedian, he is in a long-time marriage with Jessica Seinfeld, a woman that he has described as being perfect for him on more than one occasion. 

What is Jerry Seinfeld best known for?

Jerry Seinfeld on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
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Jerry Seinfeld was born in New York City in 1954. He was a studious child and went on to attend Queens College, City University of New York, where he eventually graduated with a degree in communications and theater.

While in college, Jerry Seinfeld developed an interest in stand-up comedy and the performing arts, and after he graduated, he started pursuing a career in entertainment. After a few small television roles, he landed a guest spot on the popular late-night talk show Late Night with David Letterman, where he performed a stand-up bit. The appearance was so successful that it led to Jerry Seinfeld’s own sitcom deal, which he developed with Larry David.

Seinfeld premiered on television in 1989 and quickly became one of the most unique, innovative shows on television. It received critical acclaim for the writing, acting, and character development, even though there were those who complained that the series was a “show about nothing.” Seinfeld ran on television until 1998 — and to this day, it remains popular with viewers of all ages. 

When did Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld start dating?

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All throughout the peak of his success from Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld remained an eligible bachelor. However, in 1998, the comedian met his future wife at a Reebok gym in Manhattan.

At the time, she had just gotten married to her first husband, Eric Nederlander. Jerry Seinfeld and Jessica Seinfeld (then Jessica Sklar) began dating shortly after meeting, and although the start of their romance was definitely controversial, with her first husband slamming the couple to the press, they soon proved that they were inseparable.

Jessica Seinfeld divorced Nederlander, and married Jerry Seinfeld on Christmas Day in 1999. The new couple settled in Long Island, and in short order, welcomed three children — a daughter and two sons.

They are together to this day, and while they prefer to keep their marriage low-key, Jerry Seinfeld has opened up on several occasions about their relationship and how they make it work. 

Why did Jerry Seinfeld know that Jessica Seinfeld was ‘the one’?

Jerry Seinfeld and Jessica Sklar
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In an interview with Oprah Winfrey not long after Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld got married, the comedian opened up about how he knew that she was the one for him.

“It’s not the conversation or the attraction that you feel, it’s just like this comfort level when someone is in your house,” Jerry Seinfeld admitted. “When someone comes into your house and you still feel comfortable. I don’t know what that is, but I just know this is someone I want to spend the rest of my life with.”

The comedian revealed that he never really wanted to get married before he encountered Jessica Seinfeld: “I had had all these thrills. And I never wanted to get married. I don’t know why, I just never did. I thought, ‘If I don’t want to get married, and I’m tired of being single, what do I do?’ Because I didn’t feel that thing with someone that makes you want to go forward. So when I met her and I thought, ‘You know what, we could have a life together.’ And so it gave me a life to live.”

Clearly, Jerry Seinfeld’s decision was the right one, since the couple has been together ever since that fateful day in the Manhattan gym when they first crossed paths.