Comedy Central has cancelled ‘The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore‘.
In January 2015 the series replaced ‘The Colbert Report’ which in turn had taken over from The Jon Stewart Show. Four big shoes and two big shows to fill.
Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s president, said the show is being cancelled because it failed to capture the interest of the channel’s younger audience. “We hold Larry in the highest esteem, personally and professionally. He brought a strong voice and point of view to the late-night landscape,” Alterman told Variety. “Unfortunately it hasn’t resonated with our audience.”
Wilmore covered the daily news headlines with a comedic bent and was often joined by journalists, comedians and pundits. He said in a statement. “I’m saddened and surprised we won’t be covering this crazy election or ‘The Unblackening’ as we’ve coined it. I guess I hadn’t counted on ‘The Unblackening’ happening to my time slot as well.”
Wilmore became a fixture as “senior black correspondent,” offering stinging commentary on race and this year’s election. Watch Wilmore talk about an awful week for Donald Trump in his feature ‘The Unblackening’.