Daily Show’s First Black Female Correspondent Leaving…. But Why? (PS. It Has Something To Do With Feminism)

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In 2012 Jessica Williams became The Daily Show’s very first African American female correspondent. For four years she has been making us laugh with on point observations and dry wit.

Like many other Daily Show talents it was clear she wouldn’t stay forever so it’s not the biggest surprise that she is leaving the Comedy Central produced show.

So why is she leaving?

Jessica outgrow the Daily Show. And of course Comedy Central have had it hard losing it’s talents, so they are working with her to keep her and she will be working on a new show.

ShadowAndAct.com (http://bit.ly/297JXdV) reported:

In fact, Williams has signed a development deal with the network that will see her 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.

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Williams explains to Entertainment Weekly in an interview published today, during which she made the announcement of her “Daily Show” exit: “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.”

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