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A day after his racist tirade was made public, Michael Richards publicly apologized.

Appearing via satellite (pictured) on The Late Show with David Letterman, the actor made some odd remarks. He acknowledged that such sentiment had the potential to “come[s] through and fire[s] out of me.”

He then tried to find an awkward parallel between his ugly rant and conflict that has arisen between blacks and whites since Hurricane Katrina.

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Jerry Seinfeld was on the program and actually told the audience to stop laughing at his friend. Richards said he lost his temper after some members of the audience interrupted his act and that he “took it badly,” unleashing the racist invective that TMZ first aired yesterday morning.

He apologized to the people who took “the brunt” of his abuse, saying he was “really busted up,” but then went on a strange tangent on race relations, saying he was “concerned about hate and rage” and about a “great deal of disturbance between blacks and whites” after Hurricane Katrina.

The remarks were random; not as random as things that Stephen Baldwin says. But still pretty darn random.

Richards did not say whether any other factors contributed to his actions, adding only that he would be doing “personal work” in the aftermath of the incident.