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Larry Wilmore signs off of 'Nightly Show,' hints at TV future

FILE - In this April 30, 2016 file photo, Larry Wilmore speaks at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington. Wilmore says his "tone didn't fit the room" at the White House Correspondents Association dinner but believes his use of the term "n---a" to address President Obama may open an important dialogue for the country. The Comedy Central host said in an interview Tuesday, May 3, that he's willing to take the heat for his performance in Washington Saturday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

FILE - In this April 30, 2016 file photo, Larry Wilmore speaks at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington. Wilmore says his "tone didn't fit the room" at the White House Correspondents Association dinner but believes his use of the term "n---a" to address President Obama may open an important dialogue for the country. The Comedy Central host said in an interview Tuesday, May 3, that he's willing to take the heat for his performance in Washington Saturday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Comedian Larry Wilmore's late-night talk show "The Nightly Show" was canceled by Comedy Central earlier this week due to lackluster ratings. Thursday's episode was the last one, and Wilmore gave his show a bittersweet send-off, with an assist from Jon Stewart.

Wilmore's old "Daily Show" boss (and "Nightly Show" executive producer) stopped by to drop off a bottle of champagne. "Did you piss off Peter Thiel?" Stewart joked, referencing the tech billionaire's takedown of Gawker.com.

Stewart told Wilmore he loves him and advised him "do not confuse cancellation with failure."

At the end of the show, Wilmore gave his final sign off, thanking Comedy Central, Jon Stewart, the staff of "The Nightly Show," his fans and even his haters.

And he kept it 100 with his last four words: "I'm not done yet."

Wilmore hasn't announced his next move yet, but he has other projects he could get more involved in -- he's an executive producer on ABC's "Black-ish" and HBO's upcoming sitcom "Insecure."

"The Nightly Show's" 11:30 p.m. time slot will be filled by"@midnight" for the time being while Comedy Central looks for a permanent replacement.

 

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