Jessica Williams leaves 'Daily Show' but not Comedy Central

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — Comedy Central's "Daily Show" has said goodbye to longtime correspondent Jessica Williams, who is working on a new project with the cable network.

Williams joined the program in January 2012 under former host Jon Stewart. At 22, she was the show's youngest correspondent ever and also the first black woman in the role.

Williams wrapped up her tenure Thursday night with a piece about disappointed Bernie Sanders supporters opting to vote for Republican Donald Trump this fall. After the piece aired, host Trevor Noah paid tribute to Williams , calling her "the coolest, most awesome person." Williams didn't say much during the segment and appeared to be fighting back tears.

Williams signed a development deal with Comedy Central in March. She's working on a pilot for a half-hour scripted series.