Jason Jones Is Leaving “The Daily Show,” Too [UPDATED]

The prospective new Daily Show host contenders are dwindling by the week, as Samantha Bee also announces her departure.

Longtime Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones has announced his departure from the Comedy Central show. Jones revealed his leaving today via Twitter:

The Hollywood Reporter announced that Jones will be leaving The Daily Show to star in a not-yet-titled, semiautobiographical family sitcom for TBS written by himself and his wife (and fellow Daily Show cast member), Samantha Bee. As of this moment, Bee has not dropped any news about her position at TDS changing at all.

With Jones’s announcement timed exactly two weeks after the upsetting news of Jon Stewart’s impending departure, the list of potential Daily Show hosts is still in flux after Jessica Williams shut down promotion rumors, and HBO renewed Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for two more years. If Bee leaves with her husband, the bullpen will be almost empty, and Comedy Central will have to start looking outside for a Stewart replacement.

We hear that Brian Williams might be available in roughly six months?

Updated: March 16, 12:30 p.m.: Cross Samantha Bee off your list of potential Daily Show host replacements. The longest tenured (and by far best available) option to fill Jon Stewart’s shoes has announced her plans to join her husband at TBS full-time for an additional “comedy show.”

This news indicates a subtle coup coming from Comedy Central, who had recently assured the public that Bee was staying with the show despite her husband’s decision to move on. And though details are still sparse, the project certainly sounds like a Daily Show–type affair, as TBS has described it as a “platform for Bee to apply her smart and satirical point of view to current and relevant issues.”

Hang in there, Aasif Mandvi.

(via The AV Club)

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