Larry Wilmore is the host of a new show called “The Minority Report.” He says that he’s ready for a black host to achieve prominence in a late-night spot on television. Adding a comedic twist to the serious issue of black exclusion, Wilmore said this about transforming late night.
“I like my fish blackened, steak blackened and I don’t see why late night shouldn’t be blackened as well — it’s just tastier,” he said.
“The audience is looking for different voices and wants to hear something different, and they get tired of hearing the same thing. I think there is a huge opportunity to make a dent in that, and I am really looking forward to that.”
His show starts in January, and Wilmore claims that there won’t be tons of celebrity guests. Instead, he’s going to focus on political guests for the show. Wilmore got his start as the lone black reporter on The Colbert Report and The Daily Show. His spinoff is a huge test of whether a black host can survive in the late night space. To date, there are no African Americans who’ve been able to bring a late night show and keep it growing with a mainstream audience.
“Being on the East Coast, it is easier to get guests in politics and some social areas we are going to be talking about,” says Wilmore. “It won’t be a celebrity-driven show as much as a political-social type of show.”