With the network president declaring that the show “hasn’t resonated,” a late-night talk show that has struggled for a year and a half to gain traction has been canceled. Comedy Central confirmed today that it has pulled the plug on “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.”
EW.com reports that the cable channel said in a statement: “We thank Larry and ‘The Nightly Show’ staff for their tireless efforts across the past two years and the conversations the show generated by addressing social issues of great importance to the country, always challenging people’s attitudes, perceptions, and bias.”
The show debuted Jan. 19, 2015, and has been holding down the important 11:30 p.m. slot on Comedy Central, leading out from “The Daily Show,” now hosted by Trevor Noah.
The channel’s midnight show “@midnight” will move into the 11:30 position for now, with a full-time replacement expected to be named next year.
The New York Times reports that Comedy Central President Kent Alterman said he broke the news to Wilmore last week. In an interview, Wilmore indicated that the reason for the move was that the show “hasn’t resonated.”
The Times quotes Alterman saying: “Even though we’ve given it a year and a half, we’ve been hoping against hope that it would start to click with our audience, but it hasn’t happened and we’ve haven’t seen evidence of it happening.”
The final installment of “Wilmore” is slated to air Thursday.