The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is less than a month old and his having a huge growing pain. Jon Stewart, the host of its highly successful lead in, the Daily Show, is leaving. Wilmore told the Hollywood Reporter at the WGA Awards, “I was devastated just like everyone else just because of the thought of Jon leaving, but talking to him about it and everything, it feels like it’s time for him to move on.” Jon Stewart is also an executive producer on the Nightly Show.
Wilmore says he and his staff found out about Jon Stewart leaving the Daily Show about a week before Stewart went public. Wilmore talked about how he reacted when Stewart told him, “I slapped him. Shook him a little bit.”