Jessica Williams removes herself from ‘Daily Show’ host derby

Jessica Williams says via Twitter that she won't be hosting "The Daily Show" when Jon Stewart leaves.
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For nearly a week now, the guessing game over who should or would replace Jon Stewart when he leaves “The Daily Show” later this year has been a favorite Internet pastime. While there are still a few months for Comedy Central to decide, one of the names most frequently mentioned has officially taken herself out of consideration.

“Daily Show” correspondent Jessica Williams took to Twitter on Sunday to knock down the chorus of support fans have been mounting in her favor.

“Fact 1: I’m not hosting. Thank you but I am extremely under-qualified for the job!” she wrote.

“At this age (25) if something happens politically that I don’t agree with, I need to go to my room & like not come out for, like, 7 days,” she continued.


“That being said I am super not right for it, but there are quite a few people who are! Can’t wait to stick around & see what happens.”

Williams first joined the show in 2012.

Speculation began centering around Williams when word began to spread about a joke in the upcoming comedy “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” which shows Williams as host of “The Daily Show” until 2025.

Stewart hasn’t yet specified a date for his final show and Comedy Central is reportedly mulling a short list of possible replacements.

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