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‘The Carmichael Show’ Ending at NBC as Star Jerrod Carmichael Exits Comedy

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The Carmichael Show” is ending after three seasons, as its star and creator Jerrod Carmichael has opted to exit to series, Variety has learned.

“For three seasons (okay 2.5), I got to make a show that I love with my friends,” Carmichael said in a statement released to Variety. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was 13. Now, I’m excited to go make other things that I love. Thank you to every person who worked on or watched the Carmichael show.”

“We are enormously proud of The Carmichael Show and Jerrod’s talent and vision to do a classic family sitcom that also taps into issues and relevant stories from the real world. We thank and salute the cast, crew, and producers — and especially Jerrod — for three critically-acclaimed seasons,” said NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt and NBC entertainment president, Jennifer Salke.

20th Century Fox Television presidents, Jonnie Davis and Howard Kurtzman, said: “’The Carmichael Show’ was such a wonderful show that we choose to focus today not on its loss but on the three incredible seasons we had the pleasure to produce. We are thankful to the brilliant Jerrod Carmichael and his talented cast, and to showrunner Danielle Sanchez-Witzel, our fantastic writers and devoted production team. It’s a rarity that a comedy series tackles the social and political issues of the day in such a clever and hilariously funny way. This show was special, and we will miss it.”

“The Carmichael Show” was co-created by Carmichael, Ari Katcher, Willie Hunter and Nicholas Stoller. Carmichael starred alongside Amber Stevens West, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish, Loretta Devine and David Alan Grier.

The family sitcom debuted in summer 2015 and is currently in the midst of its third season. The six-episode first season averaged a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen Live+Same Day data. Season 2, which was 13 episodes, averaged a 0.9 and 4.2 million. Season 3 is currently averaging a 0.8 and 3.7 million.

“The Carmichael Show” has been critically-praised for its inclusion of topics such as racism, rape, Black Lives Matter and Bill Cosby’s scandal, which enabled the show to stand out from other typical broadcast comedies. The show also aired an unedited episode with the N-word this season. Variety TV critic Maureen Ryan wrote, “‘The Carmichael Show’ is an NBC comedy you should be watching.”

Carmichael had been critical in the past of NBC for censoring the series. Recently, he said that he did not agree with the network’s decision to pull an episode that involved as mass shooting. “Really to me, what it says is that you don’t think that America is smart enough to handle real dialogue and something that reflects real family conversations and something that feels honest and true and still respects the victims,” Carmichael said.

Previously, ahead of its second season, NBC’s Salke spoke to Variety about Carmichael’s desire to depict real-life issues on the broadcast sitcom.“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,” Salke said. “In a time when networks have to distinguish themselves and be authentic about relevant things and smart conversations, you can’t be afraid of talking about things like that, as long as they’re handled correctly.”

“The Carmichael Show” will wrap its third season later this summer.

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