Comedy Central canceled “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” because of poor ratings, but the show’s host who threw around the N-word at the White House Correspondence Dinner has another theory.
“The Nightly Show” was launched to fill in Stephen Colbert’s time slot when he left the network.
Although Comedy Central President Kent Alterman praised the host and his team for “crafting a platform for underrepresented voices,” according to The Associated Press, it never found its audience. It
“Unfortunately it hasn’t resonated with the audience in a way that it would need to for us to continue,” Alterman said.
The AP reported:
But audience acceptance of “The Nightly Show” never approached its “Daily Show” lead-in, neither during the regime of Jon Stewart nor that of his successor, Trevor Noah, who took over last September.
While this year’s second quarter found “The Daily Show” beaten only by NBC’s “The Tonight Show” in adults 18-to-34, logging 278,000 viewers, “The Nightly Show” retained little more than half that audience, according to Nielsen.
Prior to hosting “The Nightly Show,” Wilmore, 54, wrote for “In Living Color” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” and most recently served as the “senior black correspondent” on “The Daily Show.”
He expressed gratitude to both the network and Jon Stewart, who produced the now-defunct show.
“I’m really grateful to Comedy Central, Jon Stewart, and our fans to have had this opportunity,” Wilmore said in a statement, before giving what he thought was the real reason for the show’s cancellation.
“But I’m also saddened and surprised we won’t be covering this crazy election, or ‘The Unblackening,’ as we’ve coined it,” he said. “I guess I hadn’t counted on ‘The Unblackening’ happening to my time slot as well.”
So it’s all because of racism? Why not? It’s worked for President Obama for years.
Alterman, however, dismissed the notion that the show’s cancellation was racially motivated, and pointed to “The Daily Show’s” new host, Trevor Noah, who is black.
“We’re all in with Trevor Noah,” Alterman said, according to the AP. “We feel so solid about Trevor and what ‘The Daily Show’s’ doing.”
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