With Jon Stewart announcing his retirement from his 17-year stint on The Daily Show, everyone is wondering if the Comedy Central hit will even continue.
And if it does, who will take over? We mean, could anyone possibly take the place of Jon Stewart??
[ Video: Jon Stewart Shocks The Daily Show's Studio Audience With His Tearful Retirement News! ]
John Oliver did a bang-up job for a few months, but now he has his own gig on HBO.
So who could possibly sit the throne of late night news comedy once it's vacated later this year?
Here are some possibilities to consider:
First, the internal promotions…
The Indian actor/comedian has been a staple of the fake news program for eight and a half years!
Not only is he funny and sharp — besides Jon, he's probably the best straight man on the show.
Also like Jon, he also has a hilariously bad movie career — he recently starred in The Last Airbender and The Internship.
In her short tenure on the show, the rookie correspondent has stolen many an episode with her fresh takes, unexpected humor, and, frankly, her adorableness.
We'd love to see her take the lead. The question is … is she ready?
Jason Jones & Samantha Bee — TOGETHER!
A few months ago, when Jon fell ill, married correspondents Jason and Samantha took over and were HIGHlarious together!
The double-anchor format has worked so well on Weekend Update that SNL has been doing it for 10 of the past 15 years.
Plus, these two definitely have the seniority. Jason has been on the show for 10 years while Samantha has been a regular for nearly 12!
But enough about current Daily Show faces. What about new blood?
W. Kamau Bell
His Chris Rock-produced political comedy show Totally Biased was sort of a more liberal version of The Daily Show. It was full of fresh voices and opinions.
Unfortunately it was one of several victims of FX's mitosis; viewers just never figured out what channel FXX was on until Every. Simpsons. Ever.
As a stand-up comedian, Natasha is absolutely fearless, as seen on Chelsea Lately and The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco.
But she can also hold her own as a host, as she proved in her own satirical web series Tubbin' With Tash, in which she interviewed celebs in a hot tub.
Russell Brand is certainly a controversial figure.
But over the past few months he seems to have had a real ideological fire lit under him.
In his web series The Trews, he tackles the media with the same revolutionary spirit that Jon brought to The Daily Show so many years ago.
And his deconstructive drop-ins on shows like MSNBC's Morning Joe is reminiscent of Jon's brilliant appearance that marked the beginning of the end for CNN's Crossfire.
If Russell is able to step into the show's proven format, it could be a powerful political marriage.
Who do U think should take over for Jon Stewart?
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