Jessica Williams to depart ‘The Daily Show’

NEW YORK, June 29 (UPI) — Jessica Williams will depart The Daily Show after Thursday’s episode.

The Comedy Central series confirmed as much in a tweet Wednesday after Entertainment Weekly broke the news the same day.

“We’ll miss you @msjwilly! Thank you for four wonderful years. #jwillennium #eatcraylove,” the show wrote.

Williams, the program’s youngest-ever correspondent, was just 22 years old when she joined then-host Jon Stewart on the series. Now 26, she is leaving the show to focus on a new project for Comedy Central.

“It’s so bittersweet,” the star told Entertainment Weekly. “I feel so many emotions … I feel like I’ve learned a lot about myself on the show.”

“The sadness I have for Jessica leaving is only eclipsed by the joy I have for her starting her new show,” current host Trevor Noah said.

Williams signed a development deal with Comedy Central in March and will write, produce and star in a new pilot for the network. The half-hour scripted series centers on “a politically-minded young woman” in her 20s.

“I’ve had this idea for a while about a young woman who is a feminist and who imagines herself to be ‘woke,'” the actress revealed. “So it’s a show about somebody in their 20s who has all these social ideas, but still does not have it together.”

Williams came to fame on the Nickelodeon series Just for Kicks. She has since appeared on the HBO drama Girls and will star in an upcoming romantic comedy.

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