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Fans not amused: Comedy Central cancels Larry Wilmore’s show ahead of election

Comedy Central announced on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, that "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore," which premiered in January 2015, will conclude its run on Thursday, Aug. 18.
Comedy Central announced on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, that "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore," which premiered in January 2015, will conclude its run on Thursday, Aug. 18. AP

Fans of Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” received a shock Monday when the network announced it was canceling the late-night humor and talk show.

The program, which premiered in January 2015, filled the spot left by Stephen Colbert when he moved to CBS to host “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Wilmore had previously served as the “senior black correspondent” on “The Daily Show” and wrote for “In Living Color” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

According to the Associated Press, Nielsen ratings showed “The Nightly Show” retained little more than half of the viewers of “The Daily Show,” the show which immediately preceded Wilmore’s. In announcing the cancellation, Comedy Central president Ken Alterman said the program “hasn’t resonated with the audience in a way that it would need to for us to continue.”

Fans on Twitter decried the news, saying Wilmore tackled current events and life issues in a unique way.

Because of the show’s short-lived time on air, fans also claimed Wilmore was robbed of the chance to cover the fall elections, which could have brought in a larger audience.

The news also created a divide between fans of “The Daily Show” and “The Nightly Show,” who seemed to believe there’s only room for one on the network.

In response to the cancellation, Wilmore released a statement, saying, “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.”

Wilmore’s last show will air Aug. 18.

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