Comedy Central has decided to pull ‘The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore’ off the air. According to Deadline, Larry Wilmore thanked his staff soon after the announcement by Comedy Central, “I just want to Thank Comedy Central for this rare opportunity, and it really is a rare opportunity,”
The decision comes a year and a half after rolling out the half-hour late-night panel show as a forum for underrepresented points of view. The last episode is slated to run on Thursday, with the Viacom-owned network planning to slot in Chris Hardwick’s game show @Midnight, until a permanent replacement is found.
Larry said, “When we started the show, we wanted to have conversations on some tough subjects. And we’ve had a lot of fun doing just that. Our show was at its best when news was at its worst. I’m just so proud we were able to take up real issues and hopefully say something powerful, while making people laugh..on some very dark days.”
“My only regret is we won’t be around to cover this truly insane election season. Although, on the plus side, I must say this show going off the air has to only mean one thing, racism is solved. We did it! In fact, I think we have a photo from Ferguson that was taken earlier today,” he critically commented when a picture of a cop riding a unicorn and a black man and appeared on screen.
He said, “You’re welcome, America. Donald Trump has stopped being funny, stopped being outrageous, he’s stopped being politically incorrect. He’s just downright dangerous.”
“And, the worst of it is, he’s just a liar. And I don’t want to hear ‘Hillary Clinton is a liar too!’ That is a false equivalency….Hillary Clinton is a very smart and capable politician, who many people don’t trust because she spends too much time lawyer-ing her words so she doesn’t lose votes, instead of telling us what she actually…thinks. Donald Trump is a psychopathic narcissist who not only has the hands of an infant, he has the mind of one….Donald Trump is an existential threat to America.”
Wilmore further said at that event that when he was growing up, “a black man was thought by his mere color not good enough to lead a football team — and now, to live in your time, Mr. President, when a black man can lead the entire free world, words alone can do me no justice. So, Mr. President, if I’m going to keep it 100: Yo, Barry, you did it, my n*gga. You did it.”
Wilmore is the creator of the upcoming HBO comedy ‘Insecure’, that stars Issa Rae, which premieres in October.
Before he opted to host, ‘The Nightly Show’ two years ago, he was set to be the executive producer of ABC’s sitcom show, Black-ish.