Jerrod Carmichael is leaving The Carmichael Show. According to Deadline, Carmichael released the below statement today announcing his departure from his NBC sitcom:
For three seasons (okay 2.5), I got to make a show that I love with my friends. 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.
The Carmichael Show debuted on NBC back in 2015 and just kicked off its third season in late May. Earlier this month, NBC pulled an episode that centered on a mass shooting in light of the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, but the network eventually relented by airing the episode earlier this week. Carmichael said on Chelsea that NBC’s initial decision to pull the episode was “criminal,” noting that he “handled the episode with as much love and integrity as we possibly could” and pulling it “seems to do a disservice to the viewer, it does a disservice to you, it does a disservice to all of us.”
Not long after Carmichael’s statement was released online, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that NBC has officially canceled the show and it will not return after season 3. Here’s the statement from 20th Century Television:
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-Witzell, 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.