'Nightly Show' Canceled, Host Larry Wilmore Saddened by Comedy Central 'Unblackening'
By Alex Ungerman
It's lights out for The Nightly Show.
A year and a half after the Larry Wilmore-helmed program took over for The Colbert Report in the second half of Comedy Central's political late-night block, the network is giving it the axe, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Unfortunately, it hasn't connected with our audience in ways that we need it to," Comedy Central president Kent Alterman told the publication, citing the show's lack of traction both in TV ratings and with "shareable content and on social platforms as well."
After the decision came down, Wilmore expressed his disappointment with Comedy Central over the cancellation.
"I'm really grateful to Comedy Central, Jon Stewart, and our fans to have had this opportunity," he told THR 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."
Chris Hardwick's game show @Midnight will temporarily fill The Nightly Show's spot on the schedule, while Alterman said that Comedy Central would "consider everything" with regard to finding a replacement.
"We're totally open to women and in whatever form of diversity would come," he said.