LATEST: Michael Richards has agreed to settle his dispute with the two African-American hecklers he offended during his racist rant at a Los Angeles comedy club last month (NOV06). The former Seinfeld star hurled abuse at FRANK MCBRIDE and KYLE DOSS after they interrupted his flow during a stand-up routine at the Laugh Factory on 17 November (06). Richards called them "n**gers" six times as he urged security staff to throw the two men out of the club. The comedian has made several public apologies for his remarks, but lawyer Gloria Allred, who is representing the two men, has insisted Richards should meet with the pair to apologise in person. Richards and Allred have now issued a joint statement, writing, "Michael Richards would like to apologise in person to the gentleman with whom he had the exchange in the club. "After discussions with Gloria Allred, Michael has agreed that they will all meet in the presence of a retired judge who will facilitate the meeting and help the parties resolve this matter. "All concerned are hopeful that a face-to-face meeting will be constructive and begin the necessary process of healing and closure."