Jessica Williams Leaving ‘The Daily Show’
It’s a bittersweet day for Daily Show fans. Jessica Williams, the show’s first Black female corespondent, announced she’s leaving to pursue another, super exciting venture.
After keeping fans laughing while schooling them on things like street harassment and racism, Williams will be leaving the popular Comedy Central series to pursue her own.
Williams explained her new show in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“I’ve had this idea for a while about a young woman who is a feminist and who imagines herself to be ‘woke.’ I think that a lot of the time, we have this idea that when you are, like, ‘woke’ – that you should always have your sh-t together. But I know that often for me, as a woman of color, I feel like I’m supposed to represent these ideals and values that I was taught as a young lady. Like I’m supposed to carry myself in a special type of way, but oftentimes I’m, like… I’m still in my 20s, and still kind of a mess. So it’s a show about somebody in their 20s who has all these social ideas, but still does not have it together. 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 — things that I care about and that I talk about on The Daily Show and that I deal with on 2 Dope Queens.
Williams inked a development deal with Comedy Central and will write, produce, and star in the scripted series.