Larry David Is Sorry/Not Sorry For Choking Elmo: “I’d Do It Again!”

A defiant Larry David told Seth Meyers on Thursday night that he just couldn’t take any more of Elmo’s treacly sentiments, so he decided to take matters into his own hands. Literally.

David was asked by Meyers during an appearance on NBC’s Late Night about his infamous moment earlier that day on the Today show. That’s when David pulled an unexpected move after Elmo’s speech about mental health and checking in on people, walking onto the set and throttling the furry red Sesame Street icon in an effort to shut him up.

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“Somebody had to do it!” David said at the time, though he later gave a coerced apology after prompting by the Today co-hosts.

Asked by Meyers last night what happened, David initially declined comment. “I don’t think I want to talk about it,” he said.

But Meyers persisted: “The clip is going around online, Larry. You can’t hide from this, Larry. Elmo, some might say, is loved by all.”

David finally copped to the assault.

“Yeah, yeah. I did it.”

Mimicking Elmo’s high-pitched voice at times, David ranted, “Elmo was, he was going on about mental health and I had to listen to every word. And I was going, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, I don’t think I can take another second of this!’ And so I got off my chair and I approached him and I throttled him!”

“I couldn’t take it!” David said.

He then took back his previous apology, saying, “And you know what? I would do it again!”

Elmo has not yet responded to the renewed threat.

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