Jessica Williams Leaving ‘The Daily Show’ After Four Years

Jessica Williams leaves TDSFour years after becoming the youngest correspondent on The Daily Show, Jessica Williams is signing off for good.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Williams, 26,  revealed that Thursday, June 30, will mark her last episode on the news satire program. Williams is the first correspondent to leave The Daily Show since Trevor Noah took over for Jon Stewart last fall.

While she was somewhat new to the business when she booked The Daily Show, she quickly found her voice and became the show’s expert on race and gender, with memorable contributions including “Frisky Business”—her proposal to relocate stop-and-frisk policies to Wall Street—and coverage of the Supreme Court’s 2014 ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, during which she provided her own biting definition of a “closely held corporation.”

While Williams’ departure seems a bit sudden, it’s not a total surprise considering that she signed a development deal with Comedy Central back in March. She is set to write, produce and star in the pilot for a half-hour scripted series produced by Naomi Ekperigin (Broad City, Difficult People), that will center on “a politically-minded young woman who may be ‘woke’ but doesn’t know what she’s doing,” according to the official description.

Williams opened up to Entertainment Weekly about the inspiration for her new project. “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 shit 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… 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.”

Comedy Central has not yet released a premiere date for the new project.

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