Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart gives heartfelt send-off to Larry Wilmore

Jon Stewart gave a heartfelt send-off to Larry Wilmore Thursday as "The Nightly Show" ended its 19-month run.

"I just decided to stop by and tell you, I love you," Stewart said to Wilmore as the audience cheered.

Stewart, a producer of "The Nightly Show," featured Wilmore as "Senior Black Correspondent" when he was hosting "The Daily Show."

In January 2015, Wilmore's program filled the slot vacated by Stephen Colbert when he jumped to CBS. The show sought to explore current events and life issues from the perspective of African-Americans and other groups typically underrepresented on talk shows.