The Hollywood Reporter cites multiple sources who reveal Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore will take Stephen Colbert’s 11:30 p.m. Comedy Central time slot when the satirical host leaves for CBS next year.
The 52-year-old writer-actor, who has been with Comedy Central's The Daily Show as its "Senior Black Correspondent" since 2006, will get the 11:30 p.m. half-hour starting in January. A twist on the former occupant's title, the show is called 'The Minority Report.' April's announcement that Colbert would take over David Letterman's vacancy at CBS' Late Show left a huge vacancy at Comedy Central. The network had just lost Daily Show contributor John Oliver to a deal at HBO.
So far, Comedy Central has not commented on the Reporter’s story.
According to the New York Times, Colbert’s final broadcast will air on Dec. 17, with “The Minority Report” airing the following January.
The show will reportedly draw on Wilmore’s experience covering racial issues on The Daily Show, with a focus on “provid[ing] an opportunity for the underrepresented voices out there,” Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless told the Times.Caesar can be reached at Christopher.Caesar@globe.com or via Twitter @ChrisCaesar.