Jelly Roll Gives Powerful Interview About How Far He’s Come Since Serving Time

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Jelly Roll stopped by The Daily Show last week and opened up to guest host Charlamagne tha God about his journey with therapy.

On December 7th, Jelly Roll made an appearance on the Comedy Central talk show The Daily Show.  Since longtime host Trevor Noah’s departure in November 2022, there has been a rotating door of guest hosts including Michelle Wolf, Leslie Jones, Sarah Silverman, Lewis Black and more.

For the December 7th show, Charlamagne tha God – who is a comedian, TV personality and radio host – was the guest host of The Daily Show. In fact, he was the hsot the entire week and his last show of the week was with jelly Roll, and he promoted it on his Instagram.


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During Jelly Roll’s appearance, the two men spoke about the success of his album Whitsett Chapel, and his single “Save Me” going to number one three years after he first recorded it.

Charlamagne complemented Jelly Roll on how he turned his life around, being in prison 15 years ago and now, being a Grammy-nominated musician.

“I think it’s important as artists, that we need to talk about the things that people are afraid to talk about,” he said referring to his song “she,” which discusses the fentanyl epidemic.

“What would you tell someone struggling with addiction?” Charlamagne asked.

“I would tell them that there is hope. My biggest message…is that our windshield is bigger than our rearview mirror for a reason because what’s in front of us is more important than what’s behind us. That who we were is not who we are.”

If this sounds familiar, it’s because Jelly Roll said this during his New Artist of the Year acceptance speech at the 2023 CMA Awards.

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Jelly Roll has been through many struggles of his own.

Like Charlamagne said in the interview, Jelly Roll has spent a significant time behind bars and struggling with addiction. He spoke in depth about how entitled, angry, and young he was many years ago, and even dove into an incident with the band The Black Keys, where he tried to fight them.

Charlamagne then asked what made him whole.

And he responded, “Taking the time to love myself, learning and listening to myself. Workin, you do the work, I do the work, I go to therapy, I take it very serious. My relationship with God, I’m an old school Southern man, I’m just really rooted in my faith…More than anything, my search for purpose. I stopped searching for purpose and started searching to be useful. And that’s when everything changed for me. I want to be a man of service, I want to help people, I want to lead people in the right direction. And I know that when this is all said and done, the jokes we make will come and go, the two things that will stand is how we make people feel and what music was made.”

Jelly Roll finished this segment saying, “I tore people down for decades, and I just want to lift people up.” 

Watch the full interview below.