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Jerrod Carmichael says NBC offer was disrespectful

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Things are going well for The Carmichael Show, as Jerrod Carmichael’s sitcom was recently picked up for a third season. But according to Carmichael himself, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. The comedian went on KCRW’s The Spin-Off podcast to talk about the initial third season offer that NBC made him, which he found to be unsatisfactory.

Carmichael revealed that NBC first offered him a 10-episode third season. The show’s first season consisted of six episodes, which more than doubled to 13 episodes for season 2.

“With all due respect, it was a disrespectful offer,” Carmichael said. “For what I think this show has contributed to the network, I found it a bit disrespectful.”

Following The Carmichael Show‘s first season, the program picked up steam in season 2 with the help of hard-hitting, buzzy episodes about Bill Cosby and Donald Trump.

“Freshman comedies were getting 10, and we’re not a freshman comedy,” Carmichael said. “I think we’ve contributed a lot to NBC.”

In the end, NBC gave The Carmichael Show a 13-episode renewal.

“To be honest with you, I didn’t want 22. I want to maintain a certain amount of quality with the show,” Carmichael said. “I think 13 is a great amount that allows me to be genuinely inspired, and create the show, and we can all have some room to breathe.”

NBC declined EW’s request for comment on Carmichael’s remarks.

Listen to the full podcast episode here.