'I Feel Freer': Jerrod Carmichael On Life After Coming Out

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Claudine Baugh

Last week’s airing of Jerrod Carmichael opening up about coming out gay on Jimmy Kimmel Live! has been put on repeat, as Jimmy has been hit with a second wave of the coronavirus - in less than a month. 

Since Jimmy has been forced to step away from filming for the next few days, Carmichael’s episode, which also saw an appearance with actor James Hong has had to air again this week.

Carmichael’s Coming Out

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Carmichael’s critically lauded HBO special, Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel, which was released in late April, was the comedian’s official coming out. In the special, he reveals that his name isn’t Jerrod but was rather the amalgamation of his grandfathers’ names Robert and Nathaniel – Rothaniel.

The comedian told Jimmy since coming out, he has felt a huge weight lift off his conscience and feels freer than ever before. The revelation has also caused him to have some pretty deep conversations with friends and family.

What’s Next For Jerrod 

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The young talent, who wrote, produced, directed and stars in the newly released movie On The Count Of Three (on May 13), also spoke about his experience working on the film. Though “the film is dark”, he added, “I think it’s very funny, I think it's suspenseful, but we tried to play it as true as we could.”  

On the Count of Three is a black comedy film with a screenplay by Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch. It stars Carmichael and Christopher Abbott as two friends who make a suicide pact and set out to have one final day to take care of unfinished business. Also featured in the movie are Tiffany Haddish, Henry Winkler, Lavell Crawford, and J. B. Smoove.

Jimmy Kimmel Has Coronavirus Again!

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As for Jimmy, the late-night TV host announced the unfortunate news of his COVID-19 diagnosis via Twitter on Tuesday (May 17) in true comedic fashion to also name his guest hosts, John Mulaney and Andy Samberg.

“I’m such a positive person, I tested positive AGAIN,” Kimmel tweeted. “I am feeling fine — the great John @mulaney & Andy Samberg @thelonelyisland have graciously agreed to host @JimmyKimmelLive for me tomorrow.”

The late-night TV host had just recovered from an initial bout of the virus over a week ago, having recently returned to the show on May 9. Before taking a leave of absence, Kimmel announced on May 2 that comic Mike Birbiglia would take over hosting until he got back.

The Upcoming Week’s Schedule 

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So far Jimmy’s viewers have been seeing a re-run of Carmichael’s episode. Samberg and Mulaney will pick up the baton and fill in as guest hosts for Wednesday night’s episode alongside Cheryl Hines and rock band Gang of Youths. On Thursday, appearances were set for Milo Ventimiglia (“This is Us”), Jessie Buckley (“Men”), and performer Franz Ferdinand. Meanwhile, Ryan Seacrest, “Stranger Things'” Joe Keery and Train will appear on Friday.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs every weeknight on ABC at 11:35 p.m. EDT.