After four amazing years at Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, Jessica Williams will be the leaving to work on her own series.
Williams who joined the show in 2012, at the age of 22, was the youngest correspondent and the first black woman to join the program. Williams will be leaving to work on and star in a scripted series, which will also air on Comedy Central.
“I feel so many emotions,” Williams told EW in an exclusive interview. “I feel like I’m growing up and graduating.”
Williams, who featured in some of the shows most impactful segments, often tackled subjects like street harassment and the natural hair movement.
She tells EW,
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” — and please always put this in quotations! — that you should always have your shit together. But I know that often for me, as a black 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. [Pauses] And she’s, like, goofy and silly and funny!
News of Williams’ departure shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, after reports circulated that Williams had inked a development deal with Comedy Central. We’re definitely looking forward to whatever might be in store for the young star.