Larry Wilmore’s ‘Nightly Show’ Is Ending
For the past two years, Larry Wilmore and his staff have crafted a platform that addresses race, politics and views on society that challenge thought and perspective with The Nightly Show.
However, as of Thursday, that platform will be no more.
Monday, Comedy Central announced Wilmore’s show will come to an end. The cancellation comes just a year-and-a-half after Wilmore replaced The Colbert Report, and a few short months after the comedian hosted the White House Correspondents Dinner.
In a statement that showed off his signature witty side, Wilmore expressed his gratitude for the network and his fans.
“I’m grateful to Comedy Central, Jon Stewart, and our fans to have had this opportunity. But I’m also saddened and surprised we won’t be covering this crazy election or ‘The Unblackening’ as we’ve coined it.”
He continued, “And keeping it 100, I guess I hadn’t counted on the ‘The Unblackening’ happening to my time slot as well.”
Suspicions swarm around the timing of the abrupt end to late night show. With the 2016 presidential election less than three months away, was Wilmore’s unpredictable commentary too much of a risk?
According to the New York Times, Comedy Central’s president Kent Alterman stated the issue with the show was viewership and the show not “resonating” with audiences.
In addition, Alterman made note that Wilmore’s contract, along with the show’s other staff members, were set to expire in the coming weeks, and as a result, a decision to move forward or conclude had to be made.
A replacement for the time slot has yet to be announced. And as for Wilmore’s next moves, he doesn’t have much to worry about. His hands are tied to various projects, including black-ish and executive producing HBO’s upcoming comedy, Insecure, starring Issa Rae.