After a year and a half of not-so-great ratings, Comedy Central has announced the cancellation of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. The show will end this Thursday. While it seems weird to cancel the political series before the election, it was all due to contracts.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
Wilmore also released a statement, thanking the network, but also sad about the outcome. “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,” Wilmore said. “And keeping it 100, I guess I hadn’t counted on ‘The Unblackening’ happening to my time slot as well.”
The Nightly Show was conceived by Jon Stewart as a replacement to The Colbert Report, and featured Senior Black Correspondent Larry Wilmore. Wilmore will be highly sought after, as he was a writer-producer for both black-ish and Insecure, an HBO series he could return to if it gets renewed for a second season.
@midnight will fill in the void at 11:30 temporarily, without a name change.