Comedy Central announced on Friday that Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore would replace Stephen Colbert on its late-night talk show lineup beginning in January 2015.
The network said in a release that Wilmore’s show will be titled The Minority Report, an adaptation of the title of Colbert’s show.
The statement also made pointed mention of the fact that the hiring of Wilmore, who has appeared as the Daily Show’s “Senior Black Correspondent” since 2006, makes him one of the few late night hosts who is not a white male, a criticism that was raised in some circles when CBS tapped Colbert to replace David Letterman as host of The Late Show starting next year.
Comedy Central said Wilmore’s show “will provide viewers with a distinct point of view and comedic take on the day’s news from a perspective largely missing in the current late night landscape.”
Like Colbert’s show, the retooled Report will be produced by Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s company, Busboy Productions, with Witmore serving as an executive producer.
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