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What Pushed Larry David to Throttle Elmo? The Comedian Explains

Curb Your Enthusiasm... for attacking innocent Muppets!

By Christopher Rudolph

It was a rough week for Elmo.

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At the end of January 2024, the lovable Sesame Street monster posted on X (formerly Twitter), asking everyone how they were doing — and the answers were brutally honest, to say the least.

Last week, while still processing the collective "trauma dump" filling his replies, Elmo went on TODAY to talk about mental health, and check in with everyone after his viral post. The interview started off innocent enough, but as if breaking the internet wasn't enough, Elmo was attacked again, this time physically.

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Larry David visits Late Night With Seth Meyers on February 1, 2024

Watch Larry David Explain to Seth Meyers Why He Attacked Elmo

Larry David on Attacking Elmo on the TODAY Show

One of Hollywood's most famous curmudgeons, Larry David, was also on TODAY to promote the final season of his Curb Your Enthusiasm series. In a fit of rage, David interrupted Elmo's segment by throttling the cute red Muppet.

David later returned to the scene of the crime (30 Rockefeller Center) when he was a guest on Late Night With Seth Meyers. While he was on to talk about Curb Your Enthusiasm, Meyers had to ask about the Snuffleupagus in the room: Why he attacked innocent Elmo on live TV.

"Elmo was talking, I was waiting to be interviewed. He was going on about mental health and I had to listen to every word," David recalled, imitating Elmo's voice. "I was going, 'Oh, my God I don't think I can take another second of this!' So I got off my chair, I approached him, and I throttled him!"

Even though he apologized to Elmo on TODAY for attacking him, David revealed to Meyers in the above interview clip that he would do it again.

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We're guessing David won't be making a guest appearance on Sesame Street anytime soon. And he claims that he won't be on Late Night for the foreseeable future either: Though Meyers gave him an open invitation to return, David responded, "You know what? I'm not going to do that." Talk about brutally honest.

Oh, and did we mention it was Elmo's birthday this past weekend? Hopefully he got some peace and quiet for his special day.