Comedy Central Fills Key Late-Night Slot

Apr 13, 2017  •  Post A Comment

Comedy Central has a new late-night entry lined up for the 11:30 p.m. slot, leading out from “The Daily Show.” The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that “Daily Show” correspondent Jordan Klepper will inherit the slot starting this fall.

Stephen Colbert previously had a long run in the time slot, followed by Larry Wilmore. Klepper’s new half-hour show, which does not yet have a name, will air Monday through Thursday.

In a statement, Comedy Central President Kent Alterman said: “Jordan’s talent has become so increasingly obvious it would take a real fool to not offer him this opportunity.”

THR notes that it took a while for the network to settle on Klepper. “The half-hour has been occupied by a shifted ‘@midnight’ for almost eight months since the sudden cancelation of Larry Wilmore’s ‘The Nightly Show,'” the report notes. “The original heir to the time slot once occupied by ‘The Colbert Report,’ Wilmore failed to bring in as big an audience or retain a substantial portion of his ‘Daily Show’ lead-in. ‘The Daily Show’ had also just undergone a hosting changeover with the 2015 departure of Jon Stewart and the arrival of Trevor Noah.”

Here’s a recent example of Klepper’s work on “The Daily Show” …

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