Jessica Williams' Daily Show Exit — One Last Remote and a Big Group Hug

Jessica Williams on Thursday bid a teary-eyed farewell to The Daily Show after a combined four years on the late-night program.

The senior correspondent’s last episode featured one final field piece centered on followers of Bernie Sanders who have decided to support “diarrhea-of-the-mouth” Republican Donald Trump over “demon” Democrat Hillary Clinton.

After the segment, host Trevor Noah noted that this was an “exciting-yet-sad moment” as Williams prepared to say goodbye before he cued up a short highlight reel featuring some of her greatest moments. Among the clips was her epic takedown of Beyoncé’s Super Bowl Halftime Show critics.

Afterwards, Noah brought out fellow correspondents Jordan Klepper, Hasan Minhaj, Roy Wood, Jr., Desi Lydic and Ronny Chieng for one last group hug.

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Williams, now 26, made history as the youngest-ever contributor on Comedy Central’s flagship program when she joined Stewart at just 22-years-old. The network, which watched Daily Show standouts Samantha Bee (of TBS’ Full Frontal) and John Oliver (of HBO’s Last Week Tonight) move on to bigger and better things, has already brokered a deal with Williams to write, produce and star in a scripted series about a young feminist who has no idea how to put her alleged expertise to good use.

Watch video of Williams’ final remote below and then hit the comments with your thoughts on her big goodbye.

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6 Comments
  1. Robert says:

    She is great but I can’t with the people in her segment. 22% of Bernie supporters voting for Trump is… asinine. Vote for a third party if you really can’t bring yourself to vote for Hillary but don’t vote for a man that stands for everything opposite of a candidate you purportedly support. That’s just nonsensical.

    It really does feel like that a lot of these Bernie supporters are misogynists. Their nickname for Hillary, “Shrillary,” is incredibly distasteful, vile, and wrapped up in male privilege. Anyone who thinks its ok to use it is a misogynist, plain and simple. Hillary has been targeted way more than her male counterparts, and even though nothing has stuck to her, people still view her as untrustworthy. Look past the male gaze and realize that a lot of your views are uninformed and/or skewed by the patriarchy.

    BTW I’m a white educated male and I am a feminist. But I’m not voting for Hillary because she is a woman (that is disrespectful and a whole other conversation). I’m voting for her because her policies closely align with mine. I’m voting for her because, like Bernie, I’ll do whatever I can to make sure Trump never sits in the oval office of our great country.

    • Whatever says:

      It does make you sad for humanity. Like you said push for third options, there’s still time for that to happen, but don’t vote Trump just because you don’t like Hilary, even if you reason is completely illogical and sexist.

    • Joey says:

      For the record, I’ve never heard of anyone calling Clinton “Shrillary”, as that does have extremely sexist connotations. I have, however, heard many people call her “Shillary”, which means something completely different.

  2. cuius says:

    Oh dear – another one leaving the sinking ship

  3. tomboy says:

    she should have taken over the daily show!!

    • peterwdawson says:

      She apparently didn’t want it. I forget exactly how many existing contributors were offered it but the list of possible hosts included Jason Jones, Jessica Williams and Lewis Black as well as a few other picks like Amy Schumer and Chris Rock. Sam Bee had already basically finalized her Full Frontal deal at that point so she wasn’t on the list, Jones ended up deciding to focus on sitcoms, not sure what Williams reason was but she’s got her own sitcom now so I guess that was why.