Comedy Central has canceled The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore after a year and a half of subversive awesomeness on the air. Host Larry Wilmore broke the bummer-heavy news to his staff Monday morning, Deadline reports. The network's decision means a swift exit for the late night program, which will wrap up after just one more week of new episodes. The final episode will air this Thursday, after which Chris Hardwick's @midnight will temporarily move into The Nightly Show's time slot.
In a statement to Deadline, Wilmore thanked Comedy Central for the opportunity and even managed to reference a couple instaclassic Nightly Show segments while doing so. "I'm really grateful to Comedy Central, Jon Stewart, and our fans to have had this opportunity," Wilmore said. "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."
The series featured an enviable roundtable of comedic talent including Robin Thede, Grace Parra, Rory Albanese, Holly Walker, Mike Yard, Ricky Velez, Jordan Carlos, Shenaz Treasury, and Franchesca Ramsey. Thede was The Nightly Show's head writer for the majority of the series run, becoming the first black woman to ever hold that title on a late-night talk show. "For us it's race, it's class, it's gender, it's disability, it's anybody that's an underdog," Thede told NPR last July.
Parra thanked Wilmore on Twitter for the experience, urging Hollywood to "take note" of the show's dedication to bringing women of color to the forefront of late-night television:
In a statement to Complex, Comedy Central applauded Wilmore's show for its lively weekly discussions on the nation's most pressing social issues:
Production on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore will cease after its August 18 episode. 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.
Nightly Show fans and colleagues promptly took to social media to mourn the show's departure:
RIP The Nightly Show.