09/06/2017 6:43 AM AEST

Jerry Seinfeld Defends His Decision Not To Give Kesha That Hug

Jerry Seinfeld seemed to upset a bunch of young people earlier this week when he opted out of Kesha’s request for a hug at the National Night of Laughter and Song.

“I’m Kesha. I love you so much,” she said. “Can I give you a hug?”

“No thanks,” Seinfeld repeatedly said, while backing away from the singer with an increasingly concerned look on his face. 

Seinfeld found out exactly who Kesha is soon after she left. But that doesn’t mean he thinks he made the wrong call. In a conversation with Extra, he defended his decision not to give Kesha that hug. 

“I was right in the middle of an interview, it was a little off.” he continued. “I don’t hug a total stranger. I have to meet someone. Say hello. I gotta start somewhere.”

“I’m sure I would’ve liked her, but I need to know who are you,” he added. 

It turns out, Seinfeld and Kesha made nice off camera soon after their awkward exchange. “She was very nice about it, we laughed about it,” he said.

Still, they didn’t have a hug then either.