This really is the end of an era.
The shakeup at Comedy Central’s flagship, “The Daily Show,” continues. Just weeks after host Jon Stewart announced that he would be leaving the show, news came that Samantha Bee, its longest-serving correspondent, will be departing to head her own series at TBS.
The network is in very early stages of developing a late-night show with Bee. Her husband and fellow “Daily Show” correspondent Jason Jones announced his departure last month. The couple is co-writing a scripted comedy for TBS about family vacations based on their own experiences. Bee and Jones have two children together.
“Lord thundering Jesus this day is about to get exciting,” Bee tweeted Thursday.
Bee’s departure leaves us no closer to knowing who might replace Stewart at the end of his run – only that it won’t be her, and probably not Jessica Williams either.
“We’re thrilled to have Sam join Jason at TBS and really make this a family affair,” Brett Weitz, executive vice president of original programming for TBS, said in a statement via the Hollywood Reporter. “We actually have their kids coming in next week to pitch us animation. Like her fans around the country, we absolutely adore everything about Sam, from her straight-faced sarcasm and ruthless wit to her uncanny ability to mine comedy gold from just about any awkward situation. After watching Sam’s work for years, we knew that her distinctive humor and talent belong at the front of her own show.”
Worth revisiting: Bee’s visit to the 2008 Republican National Convention.
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