Chris Hardwick's @midnight canceled at Comedy Central
Comedy Central just canceled @midnight and Twitter may never be the same.
“Comedy Central and Chris Hardwick have mutually agreed the August 4th episode of @midnight will be the series finale,” the network said in a statement. That particular episode will also be the show’s 600th.
The late-night series hosted by Hardwick first debuted in October 2013 and soon became known for its use of social media, specifically its nightly hashtag war which frequently trended on Twitter.
“@midnight has meant the world to me these last four years,” Hardwick said in a statement to Deadline. “It has been a dream to come to work 600 times to make inappropriate jokes about the Internet with my fellow comedian friends. I could not be more proud of this show, staff, and crew and at the end of the day, I think we accomplished everything we wanted to accomplish. Spiritually it just feels like it ran its course — I’m not sure we had many more hashtag games in us (which may actually be a relief to anyone whose Twitter feed gets overrun every night). I owe such a huge debt of gratitude to Comedy Central and Kent for taking a chance on the show, always being great partners and allowing us to exit mutually, which is rarely a gift you are given in this business. I will certainly miss awarding POINTS! to people nightly, so please understand if you see me randomly shouting it at strangers in public after August 4th.”
This comes as Comedy Central is already in the midst shaking up its late-night lineup. After having canceled Larry Wilmore’s Nightly Show last year, the network is launching a new evening series hosted by former Daily Show contributor Jordan Klepper this fall.
Meanwhile, Hardwick is still plenty busy hosting AMC’s Talking franchise, NBC’s The Wall, and the upcoming Awesome Series also on NBC.