A “Daily Show” fixture who has been talked about as a possible replacement for Jon Stewart is no longer in the running.
The New York Daily News reports that Samantha Bee will exit the Comedy Central show to launch her own TBS series.
TBS confirmed the move in an announcement, saying the new show “is being planned as a platform for Bee to apply her smart and satirical point of view to current and relevant issues.”
The report adds: “Details about the show were still being hammered out, but network execs said Bee would serve as both host and executive producer, alongside her husband, former ‘Daily Show’ correspondent Jason Jones.”
In a statement, TBS VP Brett Weitz said: “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.”