More changes are coming to The Daily Show, as it was announced yesterday afternoon that Jessica Williams would be leaving the Trevor Noah-hosted comedy news show. The announcement didn’t give us much time to prepare for her departure — today will be her last day as senior correspondent. But don’t worry, she’s not going far: she’s leaving to helm her own show on Comedy Central.
Jessica joined The Daily Show back in 2012 and quickly became a popular correspondent, with many advocating her to take the host chair vacated by Jon Stewart. While she didn’t end up getting that gig (and anyway, she said she saw herself as being under-qualified for the position), it’s clear that Comedy Central recognized her talent and wanted to keep her around. She signed a development deal with them earlier this spring, and it appears that’s coming to fruition now.
Her new show (on which she will serve as producer, writer, and star) doesn’t have a title yet, but it’s said to focus on “a politically-minded young woman who may be ‘woke’ but doesn’t know what she’s doing.” Sounds like the perfect vehicle for Jessica to demonstrate her unique blend of comedy and commentary. We’re really looking forward to seeing what she comes up with.