20 March 2017 4:46 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The cast of NBC’s “The Carmichael Show” learned an important lesson early in the show’s run: Be careful what you say about Oprah, or your live audience will turn against you.

“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. »

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