Larry Wilmore Jokes About ‘The Nightly Show’s Cancellation…During ‘The Nightly Show’


News spread yesterday (Aug. 15) that The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore had been cancelled, with the last episode of the Comedy Central show to be broadcast on Thursday (Aug. 18).

Instead of making a scene about the abrupt cancellation of the show, which was on for two seasons, host Larry Wilmore took it in stride and did what comedians do- poke fun at themselves.

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“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,” Wilmore told the crowd during last night’s episode, the same day it was revealed that the show would not be renewed. “And keeping it 100, I guess I hadn’t counted on ‘The Unblackening’ happening to my time slot as well,” he said, referencing his race to laughs from his audience.

He also discussed the show’s original intention. “When we started the show, we wanted to have a conversation of some very tough subjects…Really, our show was at its best when the news was at its worst. And I’m just proud we were able to take on real issues and hopefully say something powerful while making people laugh during some very dark days.”

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Of course, he had to add in one more jab before continuing with his opening remarks.

“Our show going off the air has to only mean one thing: Racism is solved.”

We’re glad to see he hasn’t let this news ruin his sense of humor. Check out the video below.