NBC's The Carmichael Show to air unedited racial slur six times
Jerrod Carmichael claims the n-word will be said six times in an upcoming episode.
The third season of Jerrod Carmichael’s hit half-hour sitcom is poised to make waves when it returns this summer.
The comedian — who created the show ahead of its first season premiere in 2015 — told reporters at an NBC press event Monday that the word “n—-r” will be used without censoring on multiple occasions during season 3, per Variety.
“[The] n-word is childish… say it!” Carmichael said of the season opener, which will be preceded by a parental advisory warning. “We know what we’re talking about. We’re not speaking to children.”
He said that the racial slur will be heard “like six times” across season 3, before costar Loretta Devine chimed in, noting that other shows — like All in the Family and Sanford and Son — have used the word in the past, though they aired “before political correctness.”
EW has confirmed upcoming episodes will touch on the topics Carmichael discussed at Monday’s presser, and that the episodes’ content will air uncensored.
Carmichael, who created the show in addition to penning episode scripts and starring as a dramatized version of himself, previously discussed NBC’s decision to renew the program for a third season, saying their 10-episode renewal was “disrespectful” during an interview with KCRW’s The Spin-Off podcast last June.
“With all due respect, it was a disrespectful offer,” Carmichael said of the network, which subsequently upped season 3’s episode count to 13. “For what I think this show has contributed to the network, I found it a bit disrespectful… Freshman comedies were getting 10, and we’re not a freshman comedy… I think we’ve contributed a lot to NBC.”
In addition to his work on the sitcom, Carmichael debuted his latest standup special, 8, March 11 on HBO. In the past, he has appeared in feature films like Neighbors (and its 2016 sequel) and Susan Sarandon’s The Meddler.
The Carmichael Show season 3 is set to premiere May 31 at 9 p.m. on NBC.
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