Jessica Williams Is Exiting ‘Daily Show’ After Striking Development Deal

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Jessica Williams, one of the youngest faux-news correspondents to grace Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” is leaving the late-night outlet after the Viacom-owned network earlier this year unveiled a development deal with the comedienne.

The network made an announcement about the move on Twitter Wednesday.

Comedy Central said in May it had signed Williams to a pact under which she would work on a narrative scripted pilot, that she will executive produce. Naomi Ekperigin,  a comedian who has worked as a writer on the network’s “Broad City,” is expected to write the show with Williams.  Williams joined the late-night program in 2012 and was suggested as a potential successor to Jon Stewart  last year on social media after that host announced he would leave the program. The speculation reached such a pitch that Williams took to Twitter to knock the rumors down.

Comedy Central has a history of working with “Daily Show” correspondents on new projects, including Stephen Colbert on “The Colbert Report” and Larry Wilmore on “The Nightly Show.” Keeping the comics in-house can be crucial, as they often attract the notice of rivals. John Oliver, once a “Daily Show” contributor, has found success hosting “Last Week Tonight” on HBO, and “Daily Show” veteran Samantha Bee, now gaining notice on TBS wiht her program “Full Frontal,” was a “Daily” veteran. Her husband, Jason Jones, was also a “Daily” correspondent who moved to the Time Warner outelt to launch “The Detour,” a comedy.

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  1. cadavra says:

    Well, this would explain why she’s hardly been on the show of late. She has a terrific presence and should do very well after leaving the nest.

  2. dee says:

    I like the Daily Show and Jessica Williams. I wish her luck and hope to see her on TV soon.

  3. Mary says:

    She “nailed” what? Making fun of white people? This material has been done it’s old, what a hack.

  4. Not Easily Entertained... says:

    Good luck… she’s really not that funny.

  5. Reed McLellan says:

    RIP Daily Show.

  6. Bo says:

    I cut the cord so I no longer have to subsidize the very unfunny Commie Central

  7. Ste says:

    The Daily Show is still on the air?

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