‘The Carmichael Show’ Will Air Unedited ‘N-Word’ on NBC

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An upcoming episode of NBC’s family sitcom “The Carmichael Show” will air an unedited racial slur when the series returns for its third season this summer.

The racial slur “nigger” will be heard on “The Carmichael Show,” says its star and creator, comedian Jerrod Carmichael, who spoke to reporters about the decision Monday at an NBC press event in Beverly Hills, California.

“‘N-word’ is childish…say it!” Carmichael said to members of the press Monday. “We know what we’re talking about. We’re not speaking to children.”


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Carmichael said the slur will be used “like six times.”

Loretta Devine, who plays Carmichael’s on-screen mother in the NBC comedy, chimed in, noting that while other broadcast shows have aired the slur — such as “All in the Family” and NBC’s “Sanford and Son” — those shows were on television “before political correctness.”

The episode will air in its normal primetime slot (Season 3 returns Wednesday, May 31 at 9 p.m.), but with a parental advisory notice ahead of the broadcast.

Airing the unedited racial slur is notable for a major network, but “The Carmichael Show” has tackled hot-button, taboo issues through its previous two seasons, proving itself to be a topical show that has been applauded by critics, including Variety‘s Maureen Ryan, who wrote that the sitcom is a “show you should be watching.” The 30-minute laffer has had episodes about rape, police brutality, Black Lives Matter, and Bill Cosby’s scandal.

When the Cosby-themed episode aired, NBC executive Jennifer Salke told Variety, “When we decided to move forward with Jerrod’s show, we bought into the idea that this is a show that tackles really uncomfortable conversations that should be happening in living rooms all over the country. When he brought up doing the Cosby episode, we thoroughly discussed it and made the decision that we would support him tackling this area, as long as with any of the episodes that he hopes to do that he’s exploring the different points of view around these kinds of topics.”

Carmichael said, “You can’t be afraid of talking about things like that.”

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  1. Baldy1969 says:

    I would hope that in this politically correct world. that maybe, just maybe it will have a warning that “white” people probably should not be calling “black” people that name. Even if you hear them calling each other that all the time.

  2. micheal says:

    Sad commentary on the state of America when many norms are being legitimized by a few. NBC should be ashamed to have decided this is the new norm. There is no place in America where racial slurs are acceptable. Far too many people have died because of bigotry and for some people to say, there are two forms of the word ‘ger’ or ‘ga’ the latter being a term of acceptance is an alternative fact. Respect history, respect all Americans.

  3. About D*am time, I stopped watching anything by Gorden Ramsey as I got tired of the bleeping. the Brits don’t edit this out, instead they simply offer a warning of strong language

  4. Passing says:

    Idiotic. What’s the point? To say something ugly just for the sake of saying something ugly? If people want to see and hear filth at all hours of the day and night, they can buy pay tv programming. You’re proving nothing othervthan that black people, no matter how successful, continue to want to be the bed wenches, the Uncle Toms, and yes-sir massirs to the homosexual perverted off springbof slavve owners that run their plantations through studios called Universal, Disney, and Fox. Mind you, these same maggots would never allow anti semiyic or homosexual slander to air unchecked here in 2017, but the N word; no problem.

  5. Doug Upman says:

    I and many many others will NOT be watching.

  6. Quad says:

    Perhaps this show would better serve its audience by merely being funny instead of pushing the SJW angle on EVERY single episode. It’s tiring and unfunny.

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