“Our show going off the air has to only mean one thing: Racism is solved.”
That’s what The Nightly Show’s Larry Wilmore joked on Monday after Comedy Central announced the late night show would air its last episode on Thursday. The network cited a “disappointing” 19-month run as the reason for cancelation of Wilmore’s show, which filled the time slot previously occupied by Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report.
The host opened the episode by discussing the news that dominated headlines on Monday, sarcastically asking the audience how their days were before addressing the cancelation head-on.
“When we started the show we wanted to have a conversation on some very tough subjects, and we’ve had a lot of fun doing just that,” Wilmore said after thanking Comedy Central for the opportunity and the fans for supporting the show. “Really our show was at its best when the news was at its worst. I’m just so proud we were able to take on real issues, and hopefully say something powerful while making people laugh on some very, very dark days.”
“My only regret is that we won’t be around to cover this truly insane election season,” he added. “Although on the plus side, on the plus side, I must say, our show going off the air has to only mean one thing: Racism is solved. We did it.”
He then showed a picture of a white man and a black man on the back of a unicorn under a rainbow.