Larry Wilmore 'saddened and surprised' about cancellation of 'Nightly Show'

By Karen Butler  |  Aug. 15, 2016 at 12:25 PM
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NEW YORK, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Comedy Central has confirmed it canceled The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore after two seasons, due to low ratings.

"We hold Larry in the highest esteem, personally and professionally. He brought a strong voice and point of view to the late-night landscape," Kent Alterman, the network's president, told Variety.

"Unfortunately it hasn't resonated with our audience," Alterman continued. "We've been monitoring it closely for a year and a half now and we haven't seen the signs we need in ratings or in consumption on digital platforms. We've been hoping it would grow."

"I'm really grateful to Comedy Central, Jon Stewart, and our fans to have had this opportunity," Wilmore said in a statement. "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."

"Sad to say @nightlyshow has been cancelled. I'm very proud to have been a part of a show that has been funny, diverse & extremely necessary," comedian Rory Albanese tweeted.

"I want to thank the staff, cast & crew of @nightlyshow. They are the most talented people I've ever had the honor to work with. #HireThem," he added.

A permanent replacement for the show has not been found. Chris Hardwick's quiz show @Midnight will temporarily air in the program's time slot after Thursday's finale of Nightly.

Wilmore delivered a controversial monologue at this year's White House correspondents dinner.

Topics: Jon Stewart
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