Comedy Central’s @midnight will soon be no more. The show will graciously bow out at the network on August 4th. Host Chris Hardwick, the producers, and the network all mutually agreed to bring the show to an end according to Deadline, using the show’s 600th episode as the proper point to turn out the lights and stop awarding points.
The show has been a long-running staple of Comedy Central’s late night offerings at this point, even though it has moved away from its original midnight airtime following the cancellation of The Nightly Show. It leaves a hole for the network to fill in its post-Daily Show schedule with Jordan Klepper’s new show coming this fall. While The President Show has been running on Thursdays following the final Daily Show of the week, you would have to think that the staying power of a show about President Trump would weaken as we dive deeper into this presidency and eventual lose the breakneck pace (or not, who knows). The midnight spot is now open.
Hardwick provided a statement to Deadline and broke the news to his staff shortly after Wednesday’s episode aired. Apparently he and the others behind the show just felt it was time to end:
“@midnight has meant the world to me these last four years. 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.”
So if you’ve enjoyed the jokes about daily happenings and internet craziness, soak it up. It will soon make a triumphant exit from the lineup. Enjoy this list of some of the best moments from across the series four seasons.