Larry Wilmore didn’t stop at interrupting Stephen Colbert’s Thursday night Late Show monologue; he also sat down for an interview with the host. Colbert started things off right away by asking Wilmore how he felt about Comedy Central’s unexpected cancellation of Wilmore’s The Nightly Show. Wilmore admitted he was bummed the show didn’t make it through the 2016 election, but doubly so because so many recent news events have been the type The Nightly Show excelled at covering.
“I will say this, though: I’m upset that they did cancel a brother’s show when all the best worst racial stuff starts happening,” Wilmore said. “Hillary calls Trump a bigot, he calls her a bigot, he’s going on his Mexican tour right now. You know, you got a quarterback [Colin Kaepernick] who won’t stand for the national anthem for racial issues. All the best racial stuff happens now that I’ve lost my show!”
Wilmore and Colbert also discussed their shared experience hosting the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Wilmore was master of ceremonies at this year’s (the last edition of President Barack Obama’s tenure) and infamously used the N-word in his remarks, along with a host of other jokes lobbed at the Washington, D.C. political elite. Both hosts commiserated over how miserable the experience can be, since the targets are not often receptive to the insults laden in such monologues.
“I thought it was a roast,” Wilmore said.
“It is a roast!” Colbert said. “Those people have nuclear launch codes but they can’t take a f—ing joke.”
Colbert also told a story from his gig hosting the dinner back in 2006. Colbert’s monologue was merciless towards then-President George W. Bush, and the live audience didn’t seem to take it very well. That’s when Colbert ran into actor Henry Lennix, an old friend of his from Northwestern University.
“Harry’s so wonderful, so dignified, and has such a wonderful voice, he leans back and goes ‘f— these people, that was good,’” Colbert said. “So Larry, f— these people. That was good.”