Jessica Williams, the youngest correspondent on cable TV's The Daily Show, announced Wednesday that she's calling it quits after four years on the iconic Comedy Central show. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Williams, 26, said Thursday night's show would be her last.
The show has been known as a training ground for some of the country's biggest comedic acts, including former correspondents Larry Wilmore, Stephen Colbert and John Oliver. "I feel so many emotions," Williams said to EW. "I've learned so much, I always kind of feel like [the show is] grad school — a sort of continuation of my education."
She's leaving to pursue separate projects, both within and outside of Comedy Central. Since joining The Daily Show in 2012, Williams has become a household name for her sharp wit, "woke" perspective and epic rants on hot-topic issues such as the Black Lives Matter movement, sexism in media and bathroom access for transgender people.
In March, Williams, who is black, signed a development deal with Comedy Central. Around the same time, she launched 2 Dope Queens, a podcast with comedian Phoebe Robinson that showcases comedians of color, produced by WNYC studios. She's also set to appear in a yet-to-be-announced feature-length film, according to The Verge.
No matter what Williams goes on to do, The Daily Show knows it's losing a real talent. Here are five epic takedowns that made us love Williams:
There's that time she poignantly tackled systemic racism in Ferguson, Missiouri, after the police shooting death of Michael Brown in 2014.
And the time she lampooned the folks who expressed despair over the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide?
And then there was the time she hilariously examined one New York town's official seal, which included a Native American being choked by a white man.
Don't forget about the night she appeared in a bathing suit and body armor to talk about the police brutality incident in McKinney, Texas.
Last and certainly not least, she challenged the logic of bathroom restrictions for transgender people.