Jon Stewart gave a touching farewell to Samantha Bee, the longest-running Daily Show correspondent. She started with the satirical news show in 2003, leaving plenty of footage for Bee’s finale montage. The farewell left the correspondent speechless, but she won’t have too much time to reflect.
Samantha Bee already has her future schedule pretty full. The Los Angeles Times reports she’ll be the host and executive producer her own satirical news show on TBS. The move seems similar to when Stephen Colbert started The Colbert Report in 2005.
Bee’s program is still in early development, but her new network appears to be behind her 100 percent.
According to a press release from the network, the show will allow Samantha Bee “to apply her smart and satirical point of view to current and relevant issues.”
The network also praised the fake news correspondent for her years of comedic success.
“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.”
Samantha Bee won’t be alone. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, her husband, Jason Jones, also a long-time Daily Show correspondent, will star in another TBS comedy show. Bee will be an executive producer on that program as well.
Mediaite reports that Jones is calling the untitled program a “comedy show,” explaining that it will not be a sitcom.
“I’m going to call it a comedy show, because people have asked me, ‘Why are you leaving to do a family sitcom?’ And I’m not leaving to do a family sitcom, I’m leaving to do a comedy show that stars a family.”
Head writer Elliott Kalan added, “And it involves situations, a ‘sitcom’ if you will.”
Although Jones insists there will be no situations.
Samantha Bee’s leaving is one part of a larger shakeup on the Daily Show, which will culminate with Jon Stewart’s farewell at the end of the year. He will be replaced by South African comedian Trevor Noah.
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