Jerrod Carmichael Admits He "Regrets" Dave Chappelle Criticism, Makes JAY-Z Analogy

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Jerrod Carmichael says he handled the situation poorly.

Jerrod Carmichael says he "deeply regrets" criticizing Dave Chappelle during a profile for GQ back in 2022. At the time, get lamented that Chappelle’s “legacy is a bunch of opinions on trans sh*t” and called that “an odd hill to die on.” He walked back those comments while speaking with Charlamagne Tha God on The Breakfast Club on Tuesday.

“I deeply regret saying anything about Dave Chappelle to the press," Carmichael admitted. "Honestly, from now on, any thoughts I have for Dave will be directed in a phone call to Dave. I’ll never do it again—I do apologize for that. I’m man enough to say that. I don’t want the attention, it’s gone on way too long.”

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Despite the walk back of how he handled the situation, he still feels his point, in context, is valid. “The criticism that I had had nothing to do with the morality of the joke, had nothing to do with the ethics of the joke, that’s something that’s also been misreported,” he explained. “The criticism I had was that of a fan, someone who respects him so much that I want him to focus his genius on a wide range of topics. I think that it started being really, really focused on one thing. I’ll say this, I’m also a big fan of JAY-Z. If JAY-Z made three albums about trans people, I’d be like ‘Hey, what’s going on with JAY?’”

Jerrod Carmichael Speaks With Charlamagne Tha God

Elsewhere in the interview, Carmichael discussed his relationship with Tyler the Creator, his controversial "slave-play" joke, and more. Check out the full episode above. Be on the lookout for further updates on Jerrod Carmichael on HotNewHipHop.

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Cole Blake is currently an Editor at HotNewHipHop based out of Brooklyn, New York. He began working at the site as an intern back in 2018 while studying journalism at St. John’s University. In the time since, he’s graduated with a bachelor's degree and written extensively about a wide range of topics including pop culture, film & television, politics, video games, sports, and much more. He’s also covered music festivals such as Gov. Ball and Rolling Loud. You can find him publishing work for HNHH from Monday to Wednesday or on weekends. On the sports front, Cole’s a passionate NBA and NFL fan with his favorite teams being the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Lakers. He also roots for the Yankees whenever he finds himself at Yankee Stadium or the Red Storm when in the company of other SJU alumni. His favorite hip-hop artists are billy woods, Earl Sweatshirt, Cam’ron, MIKE, and Mach-Hommy.