Jessica Williams to Leave ‘The Daily Show’ to Focus on New Project
Jessica Williams, aka the best part of The Daily Show, is parting ways with the Comedy Central series to focus on developing her own series.
Williams — who became not only the youngest correspondent to join The Daily Show when she was brought on in January 2012 at the age of 22, but also the first black woman to ever hold the title — spoke with Entertainment Weekly about her decision to leave as well as her upcoming projects.
“I feel so many emotions,” she said. “I feel like I’ve learned a lot about myself on the show. I’m 26 now. I’ve learned so much, I always kind of feel like it’s grad school — a sort of continuation of my education."
Williams, who signed a deal with Comedy Central back in March, will now focus on writing, producing and starring in her own half-hour scripted series, and will be joined by co-producer Naomi Ekperigin, who's written for Broad City and Difficult People. The show will reportedly focus on “a politically-minded young woman who may be ‘woke’ but doesn’t know what she’s doing," according to EW.
"It’s a show about somebody in their 20s who has all these social ideas, but still does not have it together," Williams said. "And she’s, like, goofy and silly and funny!
"The main thing about the show is that I’m excited to, in a silly and funny way, be able to explore ideas of feminism and race and LGBT issues," she continued, "things that I care about and that I talk about on The Daily Show and that I deal with on [podcast] 2 Dope Queens."
Host Trevor Noah, who replaced Jon Stewart when he left the late-night political show last year, commented on Williams’ departure via email, writing, “The sadness I have for Jessica leaving is only eclipsed by the joy I have for her starting her new show. If her podcast is anything to go by, it’s going to be an exciting show!”
Head over to Entertainment Weekly to read their full interview with Jessica Williams, and be sure to tune in to The Daily Show this Thursday (June 30) at 11PM to see Williams' final field piece.