Who could replace Jon Stewart?

Jon Stewart’s surprise announcement on Tuesday that he is retiring from “The Daily Show” has raised questions about who will replace him as host once he leaves the show later this year.

Stewart has been the host of the popular Comedy Central show since 1999, and his departure leaves a coveted TV position open for the taking.

Many of the show's previous talent, including Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, have used "The Daily Show" to skyrocket to fame, proving it can be a launchpad for future success.


The show could find its next star by promoting from within, bringing in a new face or bringing back an old one.

Here are some potential replacements for Stewart.

John Oliver

Oliver achieved fame as Stewart’s “senior British correspondent” but left “The Daily Show” after seven years in 2013 to launch his own show on HBO.

He served as Stewart’s fill-in host, when Stewart took time off to direct a movie and received rave reviews in the process.

But it might be tough to lure Oliver back from HBO, given the success of “Last Week Tonight.”


Jason Jones

Jason Jones has been a correspondent for “The Daily Show” since 2005, and has covered the 2014 Sochi Olympics and traveled to Tehran to cover Iran’s 2009 presidential election.

Jones also appeared as himself in Stewart’s 2014 film “Rosewater” and is married to fellow “The Daily Show” co-star Samantha Bee.

Samantha Bee

Samantha Bee is the longest-serving correspondent for “The Daily Show” and has worked for the show since 2003.

Bee has served in various satirical roles for the program, including “senior religious correspondent” for the segment “This Week In God,” a show that ran jokingly down what religious gods did in the past week.

She also hosted the segment “Mark Your Calendar,” which previewed notable events in the coming month and “Are You Prepared?!?” which poked fun at the media for sensationalizing news during emergencies.

Bee's experience on “The Daily Show” could make her the front-runner to become the show's next host.

Tina Fey

Tina Fey served in a role similar to Stewart’s when she hosted “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live.”

She was the first female head writer for SNL and then created “30 Rock” for NBC.

Fey has won eight Emmy Awards, including one for her spoof portrayal of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) on SNL.


Joel McHale

Joel McHale hosts “The Soup,” a weekly program on E! that provides sarcastic reporting of celebrity news through the use video clips.

McHale has served as the show’s host since 2004 and also acts in the comedy series “Community,” which is moving from NBC to Yahoo.

McHale already has experience roasting politicians and has done so with President Obama sitting beside him. McHale spoke at the 2014 White House Correspondents' Dinner, where he joked about the inefficiencies of Obama and Congress.

McHale also tours around the country as a stand up comedian, when he is not appearing on his comedy shows.


Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler is lined up to start her own talk show exclusively for Netflix in 2016, but "The Daily Show" opening could change her plans.

Handler already has talk-show hosting experience, serving as host of E!’s “Chelsea Lately” from 2007 to 2014. Handler left the show in 2014, when her contract with E! expired.

Handler was once rumored to be in talks with CBS last year to become a late-night talk show host, but the network issued a statement saying that they did not plan on hiring her.

Mindy Kaling

Kaling has been a rising comedic star since appearing on NBC's "The Office."


She now stars in her own Fox show, "The Mindy Project," a comedy about an OB/GYN dealing with the stresses of her job and her personal life.

Kaling was one of the first celebrities to publicly weigh in on Stewart's departure, tweeting, "I knew when Jon Stewart left to direct that movie he was gonna try something like this."