Larry Wilmore reacted on Monday night to news The Nightly Show would be canceled by the end of this week. Before his monologue, Wilmore asked his audience, “Um, so, how was your day?”
Comedy Central announced Monday that the show would end after a year and a half on air. Citing low ratings, the network will fill the time slot with @Midnight until they find another show to follow The Daily Show.
Wilmore thanked Comedy Central and his staff “for this rare opportunity — and it really is a rare opportunity.” He was proud of the show and humbled to have the opportunity. “People come up and they never say, ‘Hey, nice show,’ ” he said. “They always say, ‘Thank you.’ It’s such a cool thing.”
“When we started the show, we wanted to have a conversation on some very tough subjects and we’ve had a lot of fun doing just that,” he said. “I mean, really, our show was at its best when the news was at its worst. And I’m just so proud that we were able to take on real issues and, I don’t know, hopefully say something powerful while making people laugh and on some very, very dark days.”
He voiced his regret that he would not be able to finish covering the election. “Although on the plus side,” Wilmore added, “I must say, our show going off the air has to only mean one thing: Racism is solved. We did it!”
“You’re welcome, America.”
Thank you, Larry.