The show’s Twitter account tweeted out a reminder for Stewart’s appearance on the show early Thursday, saying, “Tune in tonight as Jon Stewart will be dropping by to say Goodnightly.”
Tune in tonight as Jon Stewart will be dropping by to say Goodnightly. pic.twitter.com/BrPZFi2aMz
— The Nightly Show (@nightlyshow) August 18, 2016
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Wilmore spoke about the cancelled series and the plans for the last episode. His strategy? Stick to simplicity, but as for specifics, he said: “You’ll just have to wait and see.”
“We’re just going to be simple [Thursday] night,” said Wilmore. “We’re gonna do a little reminiscing. I’m going to talk to all the contributors — although Mike Yard and Ricky Velez unfortunately aren’t going to be here because they already had plans to be away. But everybody else should be around. Jon Stewart is going to drop by, and I’m going to talk to him. So he’ll be popping in.”
Stewart and Wilmore have been friends for a long time, with Wilmore serving as “senior black correspondent” on “The Daily Show.”
Wilmore had previously spoken about the effect Stewart’s departure from “The Daily Show” had on “The Nightly Show.” Wilmore believed his exit negatively affected audience numbers.
“That was a huge lead-in loss,” Wilmore told Fast Company. “I think they were interested in the launch of ‘The Daily Show.’ And rightly so. I don’t blame them for that. Jon leaving was a big deal, you know. And I just think they put most of their energies over there. That’s my opinion.”
Wilmore also believed that the synergy between himself and new “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah wasn’t exactly handled the way it should have been. He believed “The Nightly Show” could have benefited from some of the tactics used by Stewart in that role.
“Trevor and I should have had on-air connections, the way Jon and Stephen did. It would have been fun to do hand-offs and that type of thing. Just for people to see that there’s a distinction — [all] black people just aren’t the same,” he said.
“Here’s a guy from South Africa, for goodness sake. I grew up in California, you know? I’m an African-American, he’s an African-African. We could’ve really had fun playing on those differences. People would have known why our points of view are different. [Otherwise] it’s like, ‘Oh, another black guy is coming on to tell me this same stuff? Sorry, goodbye,'” he added.