Chelsea Peretti on Processing the Loss of Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Andre Braugher (2024)

Actress, stand-up comedian, podcaster andFirst Time Female Directordirector Chelsea Peretti is a very funny person—as was clear from the moment she sat down with Seth Meyerson February 14. Peretti jokingly stumbled onto theLate Night with Seth Meyers,barely making it to her seat.

How to Watch

Watch Late Night with Seth Meyerson NBC weeknights at 12:35/11:35c and next day on Peaco*ck.

"I'm a little sore 'cause I've been playing pickle ball," Peretti explained, while facing completely away from Meyers.

"Did you hurt your neck playing pickle ball? Is that why you're looking the other way?" Meyers asked.

"Uh, no, that's just 'cause I'm a tense sleeper—I hope that doesn't mess anything up," Peretti replied, before crying out in faux-pain as she turned toward the Host.

"The bits are flyin'!" Meyers said with a grin. Their chat soon turned to Peretti's previous "visit" to the show, sending a video when she was unable to join in person because her son was sick. Meyers shared a group photo from that 2021Late Nightepisode, in which the rest of theBrooklyn Nine-Ninevisitedfollowing the show's finale. Peretti portrayed the madcap Gina Linetti on the show.

RELATED: From Halloween Heists to Velvet Thunder, the 10 Best Capt. Holt Episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Given that Peretti's character so often sharedBrooklyn Nine-Nine scenes with the late Andre Braugher, who died of cancer on December 11, 2023, Meyers asked Peretti how she's dealt with the loss of her friend and former co-star.

Remembering Andre Braugher made Chelsea Peretti "burst into tears" on a red carpet

"One of my favorite actors," Meyers began, "Evenbeforehe was on Brooklyn Nine-Nine,was the great—"

"Andy Samberg?" Peretti interjected. (Fun fact: Brooklyn Nine-NineandSaturday Night Livealum Samberg has been friends with Peretti since childhood).

Meyers was actually referring to Braugher, an Emmy-winning actor who'd won critical acclaim for roles in shows likeHomicide: Life on the Street.

"I know he was a dear friend as well, so condolences," Meyers said.

"He was," Peretti said. "And people—like, I went to London over Christmas, and people were coming up to me and they're like, 'Andre died.' And I'm like, 'Yeah.' They're like, 'How do you feel?' I'm like, 'Bad?'"

RELATED:Terry Crews and the Brooklyn Nine-Nine Cast Mourn Andre Braugher: "This Hurts"

Grief is often not a linear or tidy process, and Peretti shared that she had an unexpected reaction to talking about Braugher in a recent interview about her film,First Time Female Director.

"On the red carpet, the guy goes, 'What's your favorite Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode?' And I'm talking about it," Peretti said. "He's like, 'Who was funniest?' I'm like, 'Andre,' and I just burst into tears," Peretti continued. "It was so horrible—because to be a celebrity, you're supposed to be like a complete robot."

Chelsea Peretti on Processing the Loss of Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Andre Braugher (2)

Andre Braugher appears as Ray Holt in Brooklyn Nine Nine Photo: John P. Fleenor/NBC

"But I burst into tears on camera. He's just holding his phone, and I'm just like, 'This is a nightmare,'" Peretti continued. "And my publicist is like, 'Um, uh...'. And then he goes, "Well, one last question -- What are you bingeing?' While I'm crying. I'm like,Beef!"

"It's very nice that you could get theBeef plug in, though," Meyers joked about the darkly comic moment. "It's a great show."

Peretti honored her friend in a heartbreaking Instagram caption posted the day after Braugher's death. "Forever lucky to have gone on such a journey with you. Ringside seat," Peretti wrote. "You were so funny to me and the epitome of still waters run deep. I will always cherish our conversations, often with me hanging in your doorway barring your exit, and the insane opportunity to be your sidekick."

Watch Peretti's full interview—in which she also describes the experience of directing her husband, Jordan Peele, in aFirst Time Female Directorcameo—above.

Chelsea Peretti on Processing the Loss of Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Andre Braugher (2024)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Manual Maggio

Last Updated:

Views: 6534

Rating: 4.9 / 5 (69 voted)

Reviews: 84% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Manual Maggio

Birthday: 1998-01-20

Address: 359 Kelvin Stream, Lake Eldonview, MT 33517-1242

Phone: +577037762465

Job: Product Hospitality Supervisor

Hobby: Gardening, Web surfing, Video gaming, Amateur radio, Flag Football, Reading, Table tennis

Introduction: My name is Manual Maggio, I am a thankful, tender, adventurous, delightful, fantastic, proud, graceful person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.