Larry Wilmore bid farewell to The Nightly Show on Thursday by thanking Comedy Central, former Daily Show host Jon Stewart (who appeared as a guest during the last episode), and the show’s staff and fans. The host, whose show was canceled on Monday by Comedy Central, also explained the premise behind his show by using the Nightly Show logo, an upside down map of the world, to illustrate the program’s goals.
“Before each show I have a Q&A with the audience, and the No. 1 question I get is, ‘Why is your map upside down?'” Wilmore said, before saying his disagreed with the conceit of the question.
“You see, upside down is just an opinion,” the host explained. “If you were floating in space, the Earth could take on any orientation. But as a culture, we’ve all agreed with the opinion that the world should be seen in a certain way. So at the Nightly Show, our chief mission was to disagree with that premise, and to see the world in a way that may not make everybody comfortable. And to present it with a cast of people who don’t always get to have a voice on that. On that front, I feel we’ve been very successful, and I couldn’t be prouder of what we accomplished.”
In an interview with EW before the final episode, Wilmore said his immediate post-show plans included taking a break from politics “for a while,” and a wish to perhaps one day moderate a debate.
But speaking as he signed off one last time from The Nightly Show, Wilmore offered just four words about what his future holds: “I’m not done yet.”
Watch the goodbye below.