Comedy Central is shaking up everyone's mundane Monday with a huge announcement. According to Variety, the network is cancelling The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore after its episode this Thursday.
The late-night talk show, which ran for just two seasons, was the replacement for The Colbert Report and premiered on Jan. 19, 2015. Comedy Central president Kent Alterman said he shared the news with Wilmore last week.
“We hold Larry in the highest esteem, personally and professionally. He brought a strong voice and point of view to the late-night landscape. Unfortunately it hasn’t resonated with our audience," Alterman revealed.
He continued, "We’ve been monitoring it closely as for a year and a half now and we haven’t seen the signs we need in ratings or in consumption on digital platforms. We’ve been been hoping it would grow."
Wilmore and other members of the show expressed their thoughts on the cancellation on social media:
Sad to say @nightlyshow has been cancelled. I'm very proud to have been a part of a show that has been funny, diverse & extremely necessary.— Rory Albanese (@RoryAlbanese) August 15, 2016
i can't say enough good things about my time at @nightlyshow lucky to have been part of this amazing family & know great stuff is in store— Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) August 15, 2016
Wilmore, who was a Comedy Central staple since his time on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, said in statement:
“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. And keeping it 100, I guess I hadn’t counted on ‘The Unblackening’ happening to my time slot as well.”
There is no confirmation of what will replace The Nightly Show, but the network is looking to Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper for a potential program.