Faux-news correspondent Jessica Williams announced her exit from THE DAILY SHOW today via Twitter. The comedian joined the late-night program in 2012 and has since become one of the laffer’s most popular performers. She also co-hosts the popular podcast Two Dope Queens with Phoebe Robinson.
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Just last month, Comedy Central announced they had signed a development deal with Williams for her to pen a pilot that she would executive produce, so her departure from The Daily Show was imminent but its impact will likely be felt for some time. Williams has become a breakout start on the show. When former host Jon Stewart announced his exit, an online campaign began for Williams to take Stewart’s seat behind the desk. Williams quickly shot the idea down, saying that she was “under-qualified” for the position.
The job eventually went to Trevor Noah, who has been under great scrutiny since taking over. As for Williams, she continued on as a correspondent and only continued to gain praise for her segments that often centered on racial and gender equality.
The Daily Show has lost several major players in the last few years. Just before Steward departed, the late-night show lost Jason Jones, who now stars in TBS’s The Detour, Samantha Bee, who host’s her own political late-night show Full Frontal on TBS, and John Oliver, who host’s HBO’s Last Week Tonight. Luckily for Comedy Central, Williams is staying within the network family with her development deal.
Williams says her new show will center on “a politically-minded young woman who may be ‘woke’ but doesn’t know what she’s doing.” Broad City and Difficult People‘s Naomi Ekperigin co-produces. The show sounds as though it will easily fit into Comedy Central’s latest incarnation, that focuses less on the adult male audience of past decades, and in recent years has developed more diverse and boundary-pushing voices.
Emily J | Staff Writer