Jon Stewart Says Touching Goodbye to Larry Wilmore During Final 'Nightly Show' -- Watch
By Alex Ungerman
No one can say goodbye quite like John Stewart.
The former Daily Show host stopped by the final show of Larry Wilmore's recently canceledNightly Show on Thursday, to share love with the outgoing late-night host, and impart the wisdom, "Do not confuse cancellation with failure."
"What you, my friend, were tasked to do, you have done, and done beautifully," Stewart, 53, told his 54-year-old colleague. "You gave voice to underserved voices in the media arena ... It was a show that was raw, and poignant, and funny, and smart."
Stewart, who stepped down from The Daily Show last year after more than 15 years, and who served as an executive producer on the Nightly Show with Wilmore, praised the host for taking over Stephen Colbert's former Colbert Report slot and getting "better every f**king day."
During his goodbye, Stewart also took on comments Comedy Central president Kent Alterman made when announcing the Nightly Show's cancellation that the show failed to "resonate" how they were hoping it would.
"We talk about a little thing called, I guess the word someone used is 'resonance.' Did you resonate with an audience?" Stewart said, suggesting that Wilmore's resonance "won't reveal itself for years to come."
"You started a conversation," Stewart said, that "was not on television when you began."
"And you worked with a group of people who you invited to that conversation to collaborate with you, to sharpen that conversation," he added. "You walk out of this room, and that conversation doesn't end."
Wilmore expressed gratitude to Stewart and Comedy Central earlier this week after the cancellation was announced, while confessing he was "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 the network searches for a show to replace it.
Watch the video below for more on the cancellation.