Richards was featured via satellite from Los Angeles during an interview with scheduled guest Jerry Seinfeld, who asked Richards, his former "Seinfeld" co-star, to appear on the CBS late night broadcast. The following is an excerpt from Richards' interview:
Letterman: "Why don't you explain exactly what happened for the folks who may not know."
Richards: "I lost my temper on stage. I was at a comedy club trying to do my act and I got heckled and I took it badly and went into a rage and said some pretty nasty things to some Afro-Americans, a lot of trash talk, and uh…"
Letterman: "And you were actually being heckled or were they just talking and disturbing the act?"
Richards: "That was going on too."