"underqualified" for the Daily Show, or a victim of impostor syndrome?

February 19, 2015 7:12 PM

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"underqualified" for the Daily Show, or a victim of impostor syndrome?

Should Jessica Williams be the next host of The Daily Show? Lots of fans think so. More than 14,000 of them have signed a Change.org petition to get Comedy Central to hire Williams as Jon Stewart’s successor. Many saw a gag in Hot Tub Time Machine 2, in which Williams hosts The Daily Show in 2025, as an omen. So when Williams announced on Sunday night that she didn’t want the job, it was to be expected that disappointment would ensue. What wasn’t expected was a fierce debate about impostor syndrome, leaning in, and the perils of commenting on celebrities’ life choices.

Twitter’s 140-character limit doesn’t always allow for maximum clarity, and these tweets are a bit confusing. Williams’ first tweet said she was “under-qualified,” but the second and third tweets implied that the issue was not so much her credentials as her disposition. Williams seemed to be saying ...

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