A Daily Show favorite is moving on.
“I feel so many emotions. I started The Daily Show when I was 22,” said Williams, who is the youngest correspondent to ever join the hit show, and the first black woman to hold the position.
“I feel like I’ve learned a lot about myself on the show,” added the comedian, who is 26 now. “I’ve learned so much … I feel like I’m growing up and graduating.”
Williams – whose final day will be Thursday – is moving on to focus on an upcoming project of her own for the network, writing, producing and starring in the pilot for a half-hour scripted Comedy Central series.
The comedy as-yet-untitled comedy is “a show about someone in their 20s who has all these social ideas but still, like, does not have it together,” Williams explained, before adding: “And she’s goofy and silly and funny!”
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That being said, Williams will miss her Daily Show colleagues.
“It really is such a warm, wonderful place to be,” she said. “They’re just like a family.”
Daily Show host Trevor Noah, 32, had similarly bittersweet feelings about the news.
“The sadness I have for Jessica leaving is only eclipsed by the joy I have for her starting her new show,” he told EW in an email. “If her podcast is anything to go by, it’s going to be an exciting show!”
And don’t rule Williams out of late night forever – the comedian said she “definitely” sees herself returning to the late-night commentary/comedy world.
“I feel like that’s something I would do years down the line, once I’ve sort of figured it out and want, like, a job that I do every single day,” she said with a laugh. “I definitely think that that’s in my ‘futch.’ That’s short for ‘future.’ ”
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah airs weeknights (11 p.m. ET) on Comedy Central.