Comedy Central Selects Wilmore To Replace Colbert

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

NEW YORK (AP) — Writer-comic Larry Wilmore of "The Daily Show" has earned Stephen Colbert's coveted Comedy Central timeslot following Jon Stewart each night.

Comedy Central said Friday that Wilmore will host "The Minority Report" at 11:30 each weeknight, starting in January.

Wilmore, who's black, will add a different perspective to a late-night landscape dominated by white men.

The network said "The Minority Report" will provide a platform for "underrepresented voices in comedy and media." It was created and will be produced by Stewart, who will continue to host "The Daily Show."

Colbert, a fellow "Daily Show" alumnus who was rewarded with his own show a decade ago, is wrapping "The Colbert Report" at the end of this year and will take over for David Letterman at CBS' "Late Show" next year.

Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless said network officials were "thrilled to be expanding our relationship with Jon Stewart and Busboy Productions and are looking forward to the world getting to know Larry Wilmore even better."

Wilmore will move from his Los Angeles base to New York to tape his new series.

"I'm beyond excited to have this chance to continue my relationships with Comedy Central and the brilliant Jon Stewart," he said. "I love the city of New York and promise to only wear my Laker T-shirts when I'm layering."

Stewart, calling Wilmore "a brilliant comic and showrunner," joked that "this is all just a complicated ruse to get him to move to New York and turn him into a Knicks fan."

The 52-year-old Wilmore serves as Senior Black Correspondent on "The Daily Show," which he joined in 2006. Before that he had written for "In Living Color," ''The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "The Jamie Foxx Show." He co-created the animated series "The PJs" with Eddie Murphy as well as the critically acclaimed "Bernie Mac Show."


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