Expect The Nightly Show to go out with a bang, ratings-wise, tonight after tweeting that Jon Stewart will in fact guest on the final show. Comedy Central announced Monday it had pulled the plug on Larry Wilmore’s program and that tonight would be its last airing. Wilmore had hinted Stewart might stop by, earlier this week in an exit-interview with Deadline.
Stewart’s appearance is guaranteed ratings; when he literally popped up from under Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show desk during Colbert’s live coverage of the RNC, Stewart catapulted that show’s stats too. Stewart was involved in the creation of Wilmore’s late night program; he’s also an EP on Colbert’s show, both men being alums of Stewart’s The Daily Show tenure. Speaking thereof, Wilmore had been feted all this week with gifts of liquor send by Colbert as well as Daily Show alum Samantha Bee. Last night he put another alum, John Oliver, now host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, on notice tonight was his turn to provide the booze.