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Jerrod Carmichael may be dubbed “a young Bill Cosby”, but that doesn’t mean the 28-year old comedian is going to shy away from talking about his once mentors very public scandal on his NBC series, The Carmichael Show.

HipHollywood caught up with Carmichael during NBC’s recent press tour and found out that nothing, including Bill Cosby, is off limits season 2. “What I will say is we have a responsibility to talk about things that are happening right now, nothing stops me from shying away, or will cause me to shy away from that subject.”

So is that a yes? “Yes, yes,” he said with a laugh. “I just want to be as honest as possible and have some fun and talk about things people are actually talking about.”

The NBC show, that has been renewed after it’s six-episode run last summer, follows Carmichael and his hilarious family as they tackle current events and hot-button issues like race and religion.

Carmichael, who has been vocal about his continued respect for “The Cosby Show” did express his views on the allegations against Cosby. “It’s just an unfortunate situation all around. It’s just a horrible thing where everyone loses, and it breaks your heart, no one likes it, no one feels good.”



Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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