If anything out of the Hot Tub Time Machine canon is wrong, do we really want to be right? I feel…. No. That’s barely even living, really. And so began the collective breaking of all our hearts when Jessica Williams, perhaps The Daily Show’s liveliest correspondent, got on Twitter recently to deny any rumors spread by Rob Corddry & co. spurred by a scene in the newest HTTM flick, hitting theaters this Friday.
“Fact 1: I’m not hosting. Thank you but I am extremely under-qualified for the job!” Williams wrote, following up with, “At this age (25) if something happens politically that I don’t agree with, I need to go to my room and like not come out for, like, seven days.” Sigh. As much as we’d love to see Jess brought on as host to replace the retiring Jon Stewart, she’s kind of got a point: it’s hard to click through five pages on the Internet these days without eventually hitting an ISIS beheading video. The urge to hide in our rooms is strong, because OH MY GOD IT’S A BEHEADING VIDEO. Still, we hope to see Williams sticking with TDS, no matter who takes over for Stewart in the hosting chair. Check out this clip of Williams as The Daily Show’s 2025 host in Hot Tub Time Machine 2. (Highlight: when long-time correspondent Rob Corddry quips, “where do they find these people?” Other highlight: nobody gets beheaded).
ed. note: In a totally absurd essay written by some totally absurd person who, I assume, was just looking for a way to shoehorn some misguided feminist agenda pegged to Jessica’s wholly humble, logical and mature response to the hosting rumors, The Billfold published an essay lashing out at Williams, claiming that the white man has beaten self-confidence out of women and Jessica has fallen victim to a poor sense of self. Of course the author started backpedaling after Williams, presumably responding to the piece, tweeted: “I am a black woman and I am a feminist and I am so many things. I am truly honored that people love my work. But I am not yours.” If you feel like gagging, go here for The Billfold. If you don’t feel like gagging, read Complex’s response to The Billfold. -dylan gadino