As we all now know, last night was the final episode of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. Comedy Central decided to pull the plug on the show earlier this week due to low ratings and contracts. A bold yet unfortunate move by the former home of Jon Stewart himself.
“I just decided to stop by and tell you I love you. And may I say something else: Thank you! … A very wise man once said to me, “Do not confuse cancelation with failure.” And I took that to heart. So I will say this: What you, my friend, were tasked to do, you have done — and done beautifully. You gave voice to underserved voices in the media arena. It was a show that was raw and poignant and funny and smart and all of those things. You did it from scratch. … You took something and got better every f*ckin’ day. … You started a conversation that was not on television when you began it. … What you don’t realize is that you walk out of this room, and that conversation doesn’t end.”
It was quite the send-off for Wilmore and his team. Aside from Stewart’s appearance they also discussed stories that never made it to air. This is an interesting time for television, late-night in particular. With so many shows, so many options, so many voices, it’s become quite the crowded market. It’s just unfortunate when one of the freshest and important voices is the first to go. A tough spot for the network, an unfortunate spot for the show. We are going to miss The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. A place that discussed topics that needed discussing. A place that felt like a birthplace for a ground swell of necessity. But as we all discuss our frustration of the show’s cancelation let’s remember one thing – if you want something to stay on the air you’ve got to watch the show. Here’s to The Nightly Show, the cast, crew, and everyone involved.