“There are things that you learn from your audience about what upsets them,” star Loretta Devine said on Monday, during NBC’s annual summer press day. “We’ll find out something simple like you can’t talk about Oprah in certain situations. I can’t remember what the joke was, but it was something like ‘if Oprah died…’ and they just weren’t having it. There are certain things you can’t say about Oprah. You can’t put ‘Oprah’ and ‘death’ in the same sentence.”
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But that doesn’t mean the NBC sitcom shies away from controversy.