Jon Stewart Gives Larry Wilmore a Touching Sendoff on Final 'Nightly Show'

Jon Stewart appeared on the final "Nightly Show" Thursday praising host Larry Wilmore for his contributions to late-night television.

“I just decided to stop by and tell you I love you," Stewart began. "What did I miss, what's going on?"

Wilmore revealed it was, in fact, his last show.

"Oh my God, what did you do, piss off Peter Thiel? Does revenge know no bounds?" Stewart asked incredulously. 

"No, it knows no bounds," Wilmore answered.

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Stewart offered the host some solemn words of advice on his last night.

"Do not confuse cancellation with failure,” Stewart said. “What you, my friend, were tasked to do, you have done and done beautifully. You gave voice to underserved voices in the media arena…it was a show that was raw and poignant and funny and smart and all those things. And you did it.” 

Stewart has great respect for "The Nightly Show"'s dedicated crew of correspondents and writers. He said:

Did you resonate with an audience? I would say. Not only that, but in an important way. But in a way that you don’t even realize yet and won’t reveal itself for years to come, and it’s this: 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, and what you don’t realize is, you walk out of this room and that conversation doesn’t end. And all the people who you worked with—you're going to start to see them doing things in the business as well and you're going to watch that flourish.

The crowd cheered.


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