Last night, “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore” aired for the last time. Jon Stewart made an appearance on the final show, not only to say goodbye to Wilmore, but to emphasize the fact that cancellation does not mean failure.
Stewart walked on stage and surprised Wilmore after wild applause from the audience. After sitting down, Stewart cracked a joke in reference to Hulk Hogan’s privacy lawsuit that shut down Gawker.com, exclaiming, “Your last show? Oh my God! What, did you piss off Peter Thiel?”
Stewart went on to pay the show and its host a compliment that directly contradicts what Comedy Central president Kent Alterman told The New York Times. Alterman said, “Even though we’ve given it a year and a half, we’ve been hoping against hope that it would start to click with our audience, but it hasn’t happened, and we haven’t seen evidence of it happening.” He also added it had not “resonated.”
Stewart used the same exact term when he went on to say what had been brought to the table by Wilmore’s show. He said, “Did you resonate with an audience? I would say, not only that, but in an important way. But in a way you don’t even realize yet, and won’t reveal itself for years to come…”
Stewart reassured Wilmore about the cancellation, saying, “A very wise man said to me, “Do not confuse cancellation with failure.”
He went on to add:
‘And I took that heart. 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.’
Before he left, Stewart thumped his chest and said, “You did it, my…”, and as Wilmore tried to warn Stewart that he could not say THAT word, he ended with the word “mishpocheh,” which is Yiddish for family. It was clearly an acknowledgement of Wilmore’s performance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner where he dropped the n-word.
Watch Stewart’s appearance on “The Nightly Show” below:
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