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'Daily Show' comedian Wilmore to replace Colbert on Comedy Central

Larry Wilmore holds his Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Emmy for "The Bernie Mac Show" at the 54th annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in September 2002. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

LOS ANGELES - Comedian Larry Wilmore, currently part of Jon Stewart's late-night "The Daily Show," will headline his own show that will replace Stephen Colbert's "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central next year, the network said on Friday.

Wilmore, 52, often billed as "Senior Black Correspondent" on Stewart's satirical news show, will host "The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore," which will air following "The Daily Show" starting in January 2015.

Comedy Central said in a statement that the show will tackle news and current affairs and feature "a diverse panel of voices currently underrepresented in comedy and television."

Colbert, meanwhile, will leave his critically acclaimed Comedy Central gig to replace the retiring David Letterman on CBS's "Late Show" next year.

Colbert will take on competitors Jimmy Fallon on NBC's "The Tonight Show," and Jimmy Kimmel on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"