Former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart appeared on the last episode of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore last night to offer his support. During his segment, Stewart offered Wilmore advice that he received from David Letterman when his original show was cancelled: “A very wise man said to me, ‘Do not confuse cancellation with failure.
“What you, my friend, were tasked to do, you have done and done beautifully,” Stewart, the show’s executive producer, said. “You gave voice to underserved voices in the media arena.”
Wilmore was lauded for bringing diverse comedians and guests to the “Nightly Show” who brought different perspectives to the news. They included Mike Yard, Robin Thede, Franchesca Ramsey, Jordan Carlos, Grace Parra, Holly Walker, Rory Albanese and Ricky Velez. Guests included DJ Drama, Issa Rae, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), HLN’s Michaela Pereira, Talib Kweli, MSNBC’s Joy Reid, Common, The New York Times’ Charles Blow and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
On Monday, Wilmore spoke about the show’s cancellation, quipping that “on the plus side, our show going off the air has to mean one thing: Racism is solved. We did it.”
Wilmore thanked Comedy Central and Jon Stewart for the opportunity. “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.”
Larry Wilmore was my pick for All Digitocracy’s list of the most diverse storytelling in 2015. Launching on January 19, 2015 (MLK Day), he announced: “A brother finally gets a show on late night TV!” Unlike others on late night television, he tackled controversial diversity topics with humor, but also with an edge and a push for change.
Those segments included:
“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.”
Stewart ended his segment by telling Wilmore: “You did it, my … mishpucha,” a Yiddish reference to Wilmore’s final remark to President Obama during the White House Correspondents Dinner.