Comedy Central may have pulled the plug on “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” but Jon Stewart, the former host of “The Daily Show,” made a point to tell Wilmore on his final show how good of a job he did hosting the half-hour series since January of 2015.
“What you my friend were tasked to do you have done and done beautifully,” Stewart said after making a surprise appearance on the show Thursday. “You gave voice to underserved voices in the media arena. It was a show that was raw and poignant and funny and smart and you did it from scratch. You took something and got better every fucking day. You started a conversation that was not on television when you began.”
Stewart also told Wilmore not to confuse “cancellation” with “failure,” as he himself had his name on shows that were cancelled, only to go on to do great things at “The Daily Show.” Comedy Central president Kent Alterman cited disappointing ratings in the young adult demographic and unpromising social media data in making the decision to end the show, but also praised Wilmore for his job.
To watch Stewart’s touching tribute to Wilmore, check out the video below.