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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.”

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 »


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