The Daily Show has been a long and storied program for Comedy Central, but it's definitely seen some growing pains since Trevor Noah took over. Ratings are down on the series, and today we learned that The Daily Show will be losing one of its most well-liked correspondents. Jessica Williams will be leaving the Comedy Central TV show in order to focus on a new project with the network.
We've know for a few months that Jessica Williams had signed an overall deal with Comedy Central to develop her own projects. Back in March, we learned she was expected to work on a scripted pilot that she would also executive produce. The pilot is still untitled, but now we know it will be about a woman in her twenties---just like Jessica---who has a bunch of political ideas and wants to make social change but has no clue what she is doing. Here's what Williams had to tell EW about the series:
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
The funnywoman is certainly good enough to launch her own show. In fact, after Jon Stewart announced he was leaving The Daily Show, there was some hope that Jessica Williams might get the position from fans on social media. The correspondent was the show's youngest when she first appeared on the series and had been around for a while when Comedy Central started looking for a replacement. Other names that were bandied about included Amy Schumer, Amy Poehler, Louis C.K. and Chris Rock---all people who were busy with a slew of projects. Trevor Noah ended up taking over the series, and a little under a year later he will be losing his first correspondent.
Jessica Williams' last day on The Daily Show is actually happening with little warning. She only started telling people on Tuesday that she would be leaving, but her last episode will actually be Thursday. So, if you've been a fan of the correspondent since she first began appearing on the show in 2012, be sure to tune in Thursday night or at least cue up your DVR for the episode.
New episodes of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah airs on Comedy Central on weeknights at 11 p.m. ET, followed by new episodes of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore . To find out what else is hitting the schedule this summer, check out our summer TV premiere schedule.