Larry Wilmore, Stephen Colbert’s former The Daily Show colleague and the guy who took over Colbert’s Comedy Central timeslot when Colbert bowed out to move to CBS, paid The Late Show host a visit tonight.
Actually, he attempted to take over the show, starting the opening monologue asking the studio audience if they’d seen Donald Trump’s incendiary immigration speech the previous night. “I haven’t seen that many angry white people since they canceled a Coldplay concert.”
Colbert came out to claim he his rightful position as host.
“I thought whoever leaves Comedy Central at 11:30 gets Late Show,” responded Wilmore, now a late-night host without a show.
In Mid August, Comedy Central announced it had canceled The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore after about a year and a half on air, owing to ratings. The late-night show was created and executive produced by Jon Stewart and hosted by Wilmore.
The timing, less than two months before the presidential election, surprised many, including Wilmore, who said in a statement he was “saddened and surprised,” adding, “I guess I hadn’t counted on ‘The Unblackening’ happening to my time slot as well.”
On his show, hours after the network announced the news, Wilmore added that, “on the plus side, I must say this show going off the air has to only mean one thing, racism is solved. We did it!”