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‘No One Could Tell Me That There’s Not a God’—Former Nickelodeon Star Kel Mitchell Discusses Exorcism Experience With Shannon Sharpe

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Former Nickelodeon star Kel Mitchell discussed an experience he had with exorcism during a recent episode of Shannon Sharpe’s “Club Shay Shay” podcast. 

Perhaps best known for his 1990s performances in “All That,” “Kenan and Kel,” and “Good Burger,” Mitchell is an actor, producer, and comedian. He has also served as youth pastor for Spirit Food Christian Center in Winnetka, California, since 2019. 

In 2021, he published a devotional titled, “Blessed Mode: 90 Days to Level Up Your Faith.” 

The “Club Shay Shay” episode kicked off with a performance by award-winning gospel artist Tye Tribbett, who sang “Be Alright.”

Following the artist’s performance, Sharpe asked Tribbett, “I’m listening to the words of the song and thinking about everything that’s transpired over the last five years—how do we convince people to lean on the Word of God and their spirituality and their religion, that everything is going to be alright?”

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“Well, we just stay consistent, I believe,” Tribbett replied. “If we just stay consistent, keep encouraging people, keep speaking the Word, they’re going to hit a point in their life where all they have is that hope, and all they have is that faith.”

“If we just remain consistent—God is the way, Jesus is the way, he can help you—and our testimonies help people,” Tribbett continued. “It’s not even about convincing people. It’s about being a witness.” 

Later, Sharpe sat down with Mitchell for a wide-ranging conversation about Mitchell’s life growing up on the South Side of Chicago and becoming a television star as a teenager. Of his success as a young actor and comedian, Mitchell said, “That’s God.” 

Sharpe asked Mitchell, “Of all the things that you’ve done thus far, what’s your favorite?”

“Being me and doing what God wants me to do,” Mitchell replied. “I really feel like enjoying a journey. It’s been a journey.”

“You get one life here, then you live again in heaven. But it’s just having this one life, and where it can take, you know, those different steps in learning from everything. That’s been the beauty in it,” Mitchell went on to say.

Speaking to the struggles of navigating his acting career as a young man, Mitchell said, “What got me through was definitely the Lord. That’s what got me through.”

“And then what got me through too is, you know, staying the course,” he added. 

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Later in the conversation, Mitchell shared about the mental health challenges he endured in the early 2000s amid an ongoing dispute with Dan Schneider, who produced “Kenan and Kel,” as well as troubles in his marriage. Also during this time, Mitchell said that his relationship with Kenan Thompson began to break down. To that point, the two had been a successful comedy duo and close friends.