‘I feel freer’: Jerrod Carmichael opens up about life since coming out during HBO special

Comedian Jerrod Carmichael dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Thursday, to promote his new film On the Count of Three. He also discussed what life has been like since he recently came out as gay in a HBO special.

“I think I feel freer,” Carmichael said. “After coming out, you realize that, like -- I realize a lot of people are in the closet about something. Through the process. It's inhibiting. Like, I realize I take better pictures since coming out because I'm not worried about looking gay. Was I not smiling because smiling is gay? So silly.”

In the few weeks since coming out, Carmichael has hosted Saturday Night Live and made his directorial debut in On the Count of Three. That being said, he admitted that living a truthful life as an openly gay man is still a challenge for him.

“A lie begets more lies and it's all you can think – at least me, it's all I can think about, the things I'm not saying,” Carmichael explained. “It's like being in, you know, N.A. or something. Like, one day at a time. Like, I didn't lie today. Today I didn't lie, it's okay.”

Video Transcript

- What is your life like after coming out? Is it better?

JERROD CARMICHAEL: Freer, I think I feel freer. I mean coming out is a--

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KYLIE MAR: Comedian Jerrod Carmichael dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live, Thursday to promote his new film "On the Count of Three." He also discussed what life has been like since he recently came out as gay in his HBO special.

JERROD CARMICHAEL: Got have to like coming out you realize that like-- I realize a lot of people are in the closet about something. Through the process and just being, it's inhibiting. Like I realized I take better pictures since coming out because I'm not worried about looking gay. Like--

KYLIE MAR: In the few weeks since coming out, Carmichael has hosted Saturday Tonight Live and made his directorial debut "On the Count of Three". That being said he also admitted living a truthful life as an openly gay man is still a challenge for him.

JERROD CARMICHAEL: A lie begets more lies and like, it's all you can think about. Like to think-- at least me, it's all I can think about, the things I'm not saying. It's like being in a or something-- like one day at a time, like I didn't lie today.

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