Yesterday, Comedy Central unexpectedly handed down its verdict to axe The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore from its late night block of programming. Wilmore — who served as the Senior Black Correspondent under Jon Stewart at the Daily Show — has helmed the upstart franchise for the past twenty months, and last night addressed what was certainly on the minds of his audience as it broke out into chants of “LAR-RY! LAR-RY!”.
“So how was your day?” the TV veteran casually quipped. “I just want to thank Comedy Central for this rare opportunity,” he said, before further thanking his staff — undoubtedly one of the most diverse in all of late night television. In addition to an array of on-camera correspondents representing various ethnicities rarely seen on late night, the Nightly Show has also employed several war veteran’s on the production and crew side since day one.
“We have the best fans in late night… I’m saying it right now!” Wilmore continued to applause from the crowd. “My only regret is that we won’t be around to cover this truly insane election season. Although on the plus side — I must say — our show going off the air has to only mean one thing: racism is solved!”
He said during his opening that the show was geared around having some tough conversation about uncomfortable topics. “Really, out show was at its best when the news was at its worst,” an undeniable truth when looking at the twenty months of domestic and global storylines that have plagued the news cycles. “I’m just so proud we were able to take on real issues,” Wilmore said.
The final episode of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore will air on Comedy Central this Thursday.
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