Here’s How The Daily Show Said Goodbye to Jessica Williams

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Thursday night was a bittersweet moment for The Daily Show, as it said good-bye to its most beloved correspondent, Jessica Williams, as she prepares to move on to her own scripted series. Williams has been on the show for four years, delighting viewers at every turn—so it’s only fitting that her departure was marked by one more special report, and a montage of all her best moments.

Before bowing out, Williams rounded up a some stubborn Bernie Sanders supporters for her one final hurrah. All of them had one thing in common: they would vote for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. Naturally, Williams had some questions for them—and her comic disbelief at their answers was as sharp as ever. The highlight? This analogy: “Last weekend, I wanted to go to this new restaurant, but my friends wanted to go to this old restaurant, and I got out voted, so instead of eating with them at this old restaurant, I went into an alley, and I sat down, and ate a pile of dog shit.”

Before Williams said good-bye forever, Noah brought her onstage for a final farewell, saying, “We tried to put together all of your greatest moments, but the truth is no one show can do them justice. You are the coolest, most awesome person. This building is going to suffer a severe lack of J-Williness without you.”

It might be impossible to capture Williams’s contribution to The Daily Show, but the montage came close, pulling together several hilarious clips, including Williams conducting interviews, dancing on a tractor, calling a barking dog racist, and twirling on a hoverboard. And before they let her go, all of the correspondents joined Williams onstage to give brief tribute speeches—a process that was quickly derailed when Jordan Klepper revealed the real reason they’d gathered: to beg for her office.

“Guys, it was so beautiful and you spoiled it,” Noah said. “You should be ashamed of yourselves. I’m getting Jessica’s office.”

Jokes aside, as with any good farewell, it all ended with a group hug.

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