Larry Wilmore opened Tuesday’s Nightly Show by introducing himself: “Hi, I’m Larry Wilmore — at least I am for three more nights. After that who knows? Who knows.”
Only one day after Comedy Central announced the cancelation of his late-night show, the host’s mood was light as he sipped from a glass of red wine — a parting gift from fellow late-night host Samantha Bee.
He said that he had planned to deliver a big show, but plans changed “due to the general ennui of just being canceled, general laziness and the fact that Sam Bee sent us three cases of wine.”
The host of TBS’s Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and her staff sent Wilmore the care package earlier on Tuesday.
“I have already started drinking — you may see me Full Frontal on the street later,” he joked. Adding, “Mmm, that’s some basic-cable wine.”
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Wilmore devoted Tuesday’s show to the topic of race, as he both looked back on their past coverage and devoted his panel conversation to recent events.
On Monday, the host addressed the show’s cancelation in the opening minutes, joking that “on the plus side, our show going off the air has to mean one thing: Racism is solved. We did it.”
Comedy Central announced the cancelation of The Nightly Show on Monday. “Unfortunately, it hasn’t connected with our audience in ways that we need it to,” network president Kent Alterman told The Hollywood Reporter. The series, which has aired for two seasons, averages a night-of rating of 0.2 in the 18-49 demo.
The decision to end Wilmore’s show comes a year and a half after its launch as a forum for underrepresented points of view.
“I’m really grateful to Comedy Central, Jon Stewart and our fans to have had this opportunity,” Wilmore told THR. “But I’m also saddened and surprised we won’t be covering this crazy election or “The Unblackening” as we’ve coined it. And keeping it 100 [a reference to his mantra], I guess I hadn’t counted on “The Unblackening” happening to my time slot as well.”
Wilmore, who is also an executive producer on ABC’s Black-ish, began at the Viacom-owned network in 2006 as the “Senior Black Correspondent” on The Daily Show, then hosted by Stephen Colbert.
The last episode of Nightly Show will air on Thursday, with Chris Hardwick’s game show @Midnight sliding into the 11:30 p.m. slot as a temporary replacement.