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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Comedy Central dumps The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore; host says he's 'saddened' by the 'unblackening' of late-night television.


Comedy Central (DStv 122) has dumped the low-rated The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore after just a year and a half after struggling to lure viewers, with the last episode that will be on Thursday.

"Unfortunately, it hasn't connected with our audience in ways that we need it to," says Comedy Central president Kent Alterman.

"We stuck with it for a year and a half but ultimately we didn't feel that we see enough traction to justify doing another year".

Larry Wilmore said he's saddened by what he calls the "unblackening" of late-night talk on American television.

"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. And keeping it 100, I guess I hadn't counted on 'The Unblackening' happening to my time slot as well."

Before Larry Wilmore got The Nightly Show, he was the Senior Black Correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

There's no plan for him or any of The Nightly Show contributors to move to The Daily Show now done by Trevor Noah.

The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore was created and executive produced by Jon Stewart and Larry Wilmore.