Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Jon Stewart Praises Larry Wilmore on Final ‘Nightly Show’: ‘You Gave Voice to Underserved Voices’

Jon Stewart and Larry Wilmore
Jon Stewart and Larry Wilmore

*Jon Stewart rolled through the final broadcast of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” on Thursday…to try and steal the host’s farewell champagne gift delivered by late night colleague Stephen Colbert.

Once Stewart got caught, he stuck around to chat.

“What are we doing this week?” he asked, before being informed by Wilmore that it was his final show. Stewart’s visit gave viewers one last glimpse of the former “Daily Show” host together with his former “Senior Black Correspondent.”

“Your last show? Oh, my God, what, did you piss off Peter Thiel?” Stewart, an exec producer on the show, joked, giving a nod to the recent Gawker lawsuit.

Later, he told Wilmore: “Do not confuse cancelation with failure.”

“What you, my friend, were tasked to do, you have done and done beautifully,” he added. “You gave voice to underserved voices in the media arena.”

“You started a conversation that was not on television when you began, and you worked with a group of people who you invited to that conversation to collaborate with you, to sharpen that conversation,” Stewart said, “and what you don’t realize is that when you walk out of here, that conversation doesn’t end,” he added.

Stewart ended with one final note: “You did it, my…mishpucha” (choosing Yiddish instead of the word Wilmore famously called President Obama at the end of his White House Correspondents’ Dinner roast).

Also during his final show on Thursday, Wilmore addressed the “one thing we can all agree on: Ellen DeGeneres is a pure delight.” He discussed the latest debate, whether her recent tweet about Usain Bolt was racist. He turned to his contributors for their takes, but most were already on vacation or looking for their next jobs.

Watch below (Jon Stewart walks in at the 5;19 mark):


Comedy Central announced the cancelation of “The Nightly Show” on Monday. “Unfortunately, it hasn’t connected with our audience in ways that we need it to,” network president Kent Alterman told The Hollywood Reporter.

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