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Wilmore says his 'tone didn't fit room' in DC performance

Comic Larry Wilmore says his "tone didn't fit the room" at his much talked-about White House Correspondents Association speech but believes his use of a provocative term to address President Barack Obama may open an important dialogue for the country.

The Comedy Central host said in an interview Tuesday that he's willing to take the heat for his performance over the weekend, which skewered media figures and politicians. The so-called nerd prom is a big event in Washington, and Wilmore's roast, which followed Obama's final address at the event as president, was televised across the country.

"I may have underestimated the tone of how I was telling the...