Jessica Williams, the fan-favorite correspondent on The Daily Show, is leaving to start her own scripted comedy show on Comedy Central, Entertainment Weekly reports. Thursday’s show will be her last Daily Show appearance.
Williams joined the show four years ago and was both the youngest correspondent to ever join and the first black woman. She is now working on a pilot for a half-hour comedy series with Naomi Ekperigin, writer for Broad City and Difficult People. Williams will be writing, co-producing and starring, with Ekperigin co-producing.
“I feel so many emotions, I feel like I’m growing up and graduating,” Williams told EW.
“The sadness I have for Jessica leaving is only eclipsed by the joy I have for her starting her new show,” Daily Show host Trevor Noah said.
Williams said her new show will be about “a politically-minded young woman who may be ‘woke’ but doesn’t know what she’s doing.” She went on to discuss her hopes for the show, saying, “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—things that I care about and that I talk about on The Daily Show and that I deal with on 2 Dope Queens [her podcast ].”
It’s wonderful to see Williams getting her own show after the past four years on The Daily Show. She joins the ranks of other successful Daily Show alums, including John Oliver and Samantha Bee, who have currently airing political commentary/news shows. Throughout the past four years Williams pursued and reported on important and controversial social issues, such as transgender rights, marriage equality, and street harassment. It is likely her absence will be deeply felt on the show.
We’re excited to see Williams tackle important issues and display her unique brand of comedy in her own series. You can watch a compilation of some of her best moments on The Daily Show below.