Looks like we’re not about to see Comedy Central’s late night coverage of the election! The network just canceled ‘The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,’ just a year and a half after its premiere.
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, created and executive produced by Jon Stewart has been canceled, our sister publication Deadline reported. The show will have one more week on the air, with — final show airing on Thursday, Aug. 18. After that, @midnight will move temporarily into the show’s slot while the network searches for a permanent replacement.
“I’m really 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,” Larry said in a statement. “And keeping it 100, I guess I hadn’t counted on ‘The Unblackening; happening to my time slot as well.”
Of course, it’s a huge surprise the show has been canceled just two months short of the presidential election. So why was the show canceled now? “Ideally we would do that but because these renewals were all coming up before the election, (it made it hard),” Comedy Central president Kent Alterman said. “The other thing we didn’t want to do is create a slow death through the election, it didn’t really make sense. Unfortunately, it is what it is; it was a business decision.”
“They really have been doing great work in terms of creating a stable of contributors who fill the show with comedy bits and takes on what’s going on — all driven by Larry’s very strong and unique point of view. But unfortunately, it hasn’t been resonating with our audience; it’s been struggling for quite a while as far as connecting with our audience. We stuck with it for a year and a half but ultimately we didn’t feel that we see enough traction to justify doing another year.”
The Nightly Show premiered as a Daily Show spinoff on January 19, 2015. The show was meant to be a replacement to The Colbert Report, which ended in 2014 when Stephen Colbert accepted David Letterman’s Late Show position. Comedy Central just won’t be the same without Larry!
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