When TV writer Spike Feresten submitted his script for the "Soup Nazi" episode of "Seinfeld," he assumed he'd be immediately fired. But the episode, and its titular character's "No soup for you!" admonition, quickly became iconic.
In a HuffPost Live interview Monday, Feresten said he was convinced that the script would be a flop.
"When I was done editing it, I thought for sure, just by the look on Larry David's face, 'I'm getting fired.' For real, I thought I was getting fired," he told host Alyona Minkovski.
At the time, there was one main "Seinfeld" forum online that Feresten followed.
"I watched the episode alone with my dog and waited for someone to post, and there was just one post there and it said, 'worst episode ever,'" Ferested said. "And I went, 'I knew it.'"
But the episode, which aired during the seventh season of the hit sitcom, became a huge hit.
"The next morning, I went into work and it was pandemonium," he explained. "I couldn't understand it. I still don't understand it. People in New York were talking about it on the local news, Jerry [Seinfeld] and Larry [David] were saying they were getting phone calls."
Feresten is still surprised by the overwhelming response to the episode.
"I understand why it's funny, like anything I might write, but honestly, I just thought so many of the episodes of that season were great," he explained. "There were so many episodes that I like more that that."
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