Just recently, we learned that “The Daily Show” correspondent Jason Jones was leaving the Comedy Central program to executive produce and star in a new show at TBS. Now, it looks like his wife and fellow correspondent Samantha Bee is leaving with him after all.
When the news of Jones’ departure was announced, it was said that Bee was sticking around “The Daily Show,” mainly because she wasn’t starring in the new family vacation comedy that she co-created with Jones. However, Bee is now leaving so she can have her own show on TBS where she will “apply her smart and satirical point of view to current and relevant issues.” Sounds like she’s getting her own show similar to “The Daily Show” or former correspondent John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight.”
This definitely means that Bee won’t be taking over the desk at Comedy Central, and maybe this show is in development because she found out that she wouldn’t get the gig despite her history with the news satire program. Getting her own show on TBS, though, is also a pretty sweet deal.
The show is still in the early stages of development, so there’s no telling when it will hit the air, but Bee will host the show in addition to executive producing with her husband Jason Jones. It’s gotta be pretty cool as a couple to each get your own show at the same network like this. Here’s what Brett Weitz, executive vice president of original programming for TBS, said about Bee coming to the network:
“We’re thrilled to have Sam join Jason at TBS and really make this a family affair. 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.”
Bee certainly was a favorite on “The Daily Show,” and she has a rich history in improv, starting with an all-female group called The Atomic Fireballs. She’s been at Comedy Central since 2003, and is actually the longest serving correspondent on the series. Bee won’t be leaving “The Daily Show” immediately as she will still appear occasionally leading up to the start of production on the new program. Otherwise, we’ll see Bee in the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy Sisters later this year, and we look forward to seeing what she can do outside of “The Daily Show.”
One thing’s for sure, with Jon Stewart leaving “The Daily Show” and these two veterans gone too, Comedy Central has some serious rebuilding to do if they’re going to keep that show going and not lose a bunch of viewers.
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