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“The Daily Show” correspondent Jessica Williams recently tweeted that she does not want to replace outgoing host Jon Stewart. A journalist sparked a war of words with Williams after encouraging the 25-year-old to “lean in.”

This is what happened, according to USA Today:

The comedian nipped speculation about her taking over for Stewart in the bud Sunday, by tweeting that she is “not hosting” and is “extremely under-qualified for the job.” However, not everyone was satisfied with this declaration.


Ester Bloom of the website The Billfold posted an article titled “On the Daily Show’s Jessica Williams, the Latest High-Profile Victim of Impostor Syndrome” in which she argued that Williams was underselling herself[.]

Bloom later went on to say that “all Williams needs is a pep talk” and suggested she get “the best Lean In group of all time,” referencing Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In initiative.

But Williams fired back, telling Bloom “to lean the [f**k]” away from her.


The dressing down apparently prompted Bloom to apologize.

“ETA: I apologize for being insensitive here. I should have underlined that of course the choice belongs only to Williams. If she had said, ‘I don’t want the job,’ I would have left it there. Her saying ‘I’m not qualified’ is what intrigued me, especially since I’ve read so much about Impostor Syndrome lately and that’s so often the language women use.

Some people spend a lifetime trying to please others, but that does not appear to be a problem for 25-year-old Williams. We wish her luck.


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