Larry Wilmore Nightly Show annulled by Comedy Central

On August 15, 2016, Comedy Central announced that Wilmore’s show had been annulled due to poor ratings performance and that the last episode would air on August 18.

The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore was hosted by Larry Wilmore. It is a spin-off of The Daily Show, which featured Wilmore as a recurring contributor. It premiered on January 19, 2015 on Comedy Central, and airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30 PM (ET) following The Daily Show. It serves as a replacement for The Colbert Report, which aired in the same time-slot from October 2005 until December 2014.

The show has been described as a blend of The Daily Show and Politically Incorrect. It features Wilmore’s scripted take on the news, followed by a panel discussion and later in most episodes a game with his guests. The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore has received a generally positive reception from critics, but ratings have fallen since Jon Stewart left The Daily Show.

The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore features a cast of contributors to help add different perspectives to the show and aid in comedy bits. The contributors include Robin Thede, Rory Albanese, Holly Walker, Jordan Carlos, Ricky Velez, Mike Yard, Grace Parra and Franchesca Ramsey (since episode 169). Shenaz Treasury was a contributor between January and May 2015.

Comedy Central said in a statement, “We thank Larry and The Nightly Show staff for their tireless efforts across the past two years and the conversations the show generated by addressing social issues of great importance to the country, always challenging people’s attitudes, perceptions, and bias.”

Comedy Central president Kent Alterman mentioned to the show’s ratings on Monday. He told that the rating of the show hadn’t resonated. Even though they had given that a year and a half, they had been hoping against hope that it would start to click with their audience, but it hadn’t happened and they hadn’t seen evidence of it happening.

Wilmore hasn’t directly commented on the termination on social media, although he did post lyrics from “The Beatles” “Two of Us” Sunday night.

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