It’s ‘Just Criminal’: Jerrod Carmichael Upset Over NBC Pulling Mass Shooting Episode of His Show
Jerrod Carmichael expressed his frustrations over NBC’s decision to pull an episode of The Carmichael Show from the air in the wake of the GOP and the San Francisco shootings that occurred this week.
If you aren’t familiar with The Carmichael Show, it’s a multi-camera family sitcom in the middle of its third season that often tackles taboo subjects in the spirit of All in the Family. The episode that was supposed to air Wednesday night, just hours after a political terrorist shot Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and four others, focused on the main character (played by Carmichael) surviving a mass shooting.
Carmichael, who is also the executive producer of the show, sat down with Chelsea Handler on Wednesday and discussed how he felt about it all.
“I thought that tonight’s episode would have an opportunity to talk about these tragedies in a meaningful way,” he said.
Carmichael elaborated, “A lot of times when things like this happen and someone wants to talk about it in an outlet that’s not the news, people will say it’s ‘too soon, but when is it not ‘too soon?'”
He said that he “understands” NBC’s decision to pull the episode, but he thinks doing so says that “they don’t think America is smart enough to handle real dialogue and something that reflect real family conversations and something that feels honest and true and still respects the victims,” adding that they handled the episode with as much “love and integrity” as they could.
“To pull that is just criminal,” Carmichael concluded. “It seems to do a disservice to the viewers… to all of us.”
Watch the clip above, via Netflix.
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