The Daily Show, as fans have known it, is going away. Jon Stewart, who made the satirical comedy show a household name, announced his departure earlier this year. Along with him will come a handful of his best news correspondents, including Samantha Bee. But both comedians are moving on to other projects, such as Samantha Bee’s new show on TBS that was just announced.
According to Variety, Samantha Bee struck a deal with TBS, granting her own satirical comedy show centered on current events. While the concept for Samantha Bee’s new show hasn’t been fully developed, TBS says the series will “apply her smart and satirical point of view to current and relevant issues.”
The executive vice president of original programming at TBS, Brett Weitz, released a statement about Samantha’s new show.
“After watching Sam’s work for years, we knew that her distinctive humor and talent belong at the front of her own show… 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.”
USA Today also reported on Samantha Bee’s new show, claiming that there were rumors that Bee might be taking over Jon Stewart’s spot. But Samantha will both host and executive produce the new program — and on a rival network, meaning The Daily Show may have to find an unfamiliar face to fill Jon Stewart’s seat.
Samantha Bee teased about the new show on her Twitter page earlier today (Thursday).
Lord thundering Jesus this day is about to get exciting.
— Samantha Bee (@iamsambee) March 5, 2015
In addition to Samantha Bee’s personal show, she’s also working with her husband Jason Jones, another former Daily Show correspondent, on a separate TBS show about family road-trips. The couple is already hard at work producing 10 episodes.
But Samantha won’t be leaving The Daily Show right away. Until she and her husband hit the road with a film crew to start the new TBS family comedy, Bee will be sticking around to do a few more segments on The Daily Show. But once Samantha’s solo show gets filming, don’t expect to see her back again for another tongue-in-cheek news report.
Samantha Bee got into comedy through an all-female comedy sketch group. She joined The Daily Show all the way back in 2003 and has been a regular correspondent ever since.
Will you be catching Samantha on her own personal comedy news show?