It's looking increasingly likely that the next host of the Daily Show won't be one of its correspondents. John Oliver's sticking with HBO, Jessica Williams says she's not ready, and now "most senior correspondent" Samantha Bee is heading to TBS to kick off a show of her own.
According to a press release from the network, "the new show, which is in the early stages of development, is being planned as a platform for Bee to apply her smart and satirical point of view to current and relevant issues." Bee will also executive produce the show.
Lord thundering Jesus this day is about to get exciting.
— Samantha Bee (@iamsambee) March 5, 2015
Bee's husband and fellow Daily Show alum Jason Jones, who was already working on a scripted sitcom for TBS, will also produce.
That doesn't entirely rule out the possibility that Bee and/or Jones could come back to Comedy Central to host the Daily Show after Jon Stewart vacates the chair, but it sure makes it less likely.
Bee was a popular choice in polls about who should host the show after Stewart announced he was leaving. It would be a shame if she's really out of the running, because in addition to her brilliant Daily Show experience, she'd also add to the diversity of late night TV, which is often criticized for its homogeneity.
I guess we'll have to wait for another Canadian to finally crack late night's infamous glass border. (Tom Green doesn't count.)