Jessica Williams Is Leaving The Daily Show to Pursue a New ‘Woke’ Comedy Pilot

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So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu to Jessica Williams, who has announced that after four years as a correspondent on The Daily Show — the youngest in the show's history she will be stepping down from the role to headline a comedy pilot for Comedy Central. Williams's new gig will find her writing, producing, and starring in the untitled pilot for a half-hour scripted series, which will follow "a politically minded young woman" in her 20s "who may be 'woke' but doesn’t know what she’s doing."

"I feel so many emotions. I started The Daily Show when I was 22," Williams told Entertainment Weekly in an exclusive interview about her departure. "I was going to class at Long Beach. When I found out [that I got the job], I was in the cafeteria at Panda Express. I thought I was going to be hired as a contributor, but The Daily Show was like, 'Nah, it’s an election year, we want you to come over here and work full-time.' So I said, 'Okay, well hold on, I need to do my finals first.' I picked up everything and moved out of my parents’ house and into New York City. 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." Her last Daily Show taping will be this Thursday.