Jon Stewart appeared on the The Nightly Show on Thursday night, trading his farmer gear for a shirt and tie, to deliver a touching eulogy for Larry Wilmore's final show. It was a moving, sad goodbye, but not without jokes, with Stewart saying, "Your last show? Oh my God! What did you do, piss off Peter Thiel?"
Many forget that before The Daily Show, Jon Stewart had a canceled show on MTV called The Jon Stewart Show, and comforted Wilmore with the very words that David Letterman famously said to comfort him: “Do not confuse cancelation with failure.”
“What you, my friend, were tasked to do, you have done and done beautifully,” Stewart said, highlighting for people how much the show will be missed. “You gave voice to underserved voices in the media arena and you did it—it was a show that was raw and poignant and funny and smart and all those things.”
And in one last callback, Wilmore and J. Stew shared a surprisingly moving N-word fake-out like Wilmore's (in)famous performance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
Stewart wasn't the only late night host offering Wilmore support. Basically every show (except the Jimmys and Seth Meyers) sent over pastries and booze to help ease the pain of cancelation.
Goodnightly, Nightly Show. You will be missed.