Jon Stewart is possibly the funniest human alive. He's also democrat, in case you didn't know that.

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As he announced on last night's Late Show, David Letterman is retiring in 2015 which gives CBS execs just a few months to secure a replacement for the beloved host. No mean feat, given the high stakes in the late night ratings battle and giant shoes Dave's successor will need to fill.

Who Will Replace David Letterman?
Jon Stewart hosts The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Some believe the comedian is a contender to replace David Letterman on CBS' The Late Show.
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Jon Stewart hosts The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Some believe the comedian is a contender to replace David Letterman on CBS' The Late Show.


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Stephen Colbert is host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. Some believe the comedian is a contender to replace David Letterman on The Late Show.


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Jay Leno is the former host of The Tonight Show. Some believe the comedian is a contender to replace David Letterman on CBS' The Late Show.


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Craig Ferguson hosts the Late Late Show. Some believe the comedian is a contender to replace David Letterman on CBS' The Late Show.


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Conan O'Brien is the host of his own talk show on TBS. Some believe the comedian is a contender to replace David Letterman on CBS' The Late Show.


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Chelsea Handler smiles here for the camera. Do you like her sometimes offensive humor?


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Tina Fey really might be the funniest woman alive. Don't you agree, THG readers?


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Louis CK is one hilarious dude. Guy does not mince words.


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Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld are seen here at the 2010 Vanity Fair party. It's held annually, following the Academy Awards.


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Kevin Hart was arrested for DUI in April 2013. But at least he quickly apologized soon afterward.


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11. Neil Patrick Harris at the Emmys

Neil Patrick Harris was in charge of the 2013 Emmy Awards. How do you think he did as host?


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Jimmy Kimmel is moving up to the big time. His talk show moves to 11:35 p.m. in January 2012.


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Andy Cohen smiles for the camera here. The Watch What Happens live host has become a major TV personality.


So who should the network choose to fill such an important role? Well, the race is wide open with several late night hosts up for contact renewal within the next year. Check out the gallery above for some of the frontrunners.

Big names like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert may find themselves competing with lesser-known basic cable stalwarts like Bravo's Andy Cohen.

Dark horse candidates like Chelsea Handler could bring an all new audience to the CBS late night lineup, but the network execs (typically not adventurous types) may choose to play it safe by promoting Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson.

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Oy vey. Donald Trump is at it again.

Having already feuded with Rosie O'Donnell... and Barack Obama... and Mark Cuban... and Bill Maher... the Celebrity Apprentice host is getting into it with Daily Show host Jon Stewart.

Over what?

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On May 1 - in response to Trump Tweeting that he's smarter than Stewart and referencing Stewart's real name (Jonathan Leibowitz) - Stewart referred to the billionaire as "F--kface Von Clownstick."

This, naturally, set The Donald off.

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Jon Stewart and The Daily Show returned Tuesday with a cathartic statement on the Boston tragedy - one Patton Oswalt would no doubt appreciate.

Stewart didn’t delve too deeply into the Boston Marathon bombings, but opened with a heartfelt tribute to a city often positioned as New York’s chief rival.

“I’m just going to say this to Boston: Thank you."

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Jon Stewart will be taking a break this summer from The Daily Show grind.

In a surprise move, the host announced today that he is taking an 12-week break from the Comedy Central smash in order to make his directorial debut.

He will go behind the camera for Rosewater, an adaptation of the book "Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival."

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In Stewart's absence, British correspondent John Oliver will sit in for eight weeks of new episodes.

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Following a holiday hiatus, Jon Stewart and The Daily Show returned to the air this week - just in time to take on the pressing topic of gun control.

The host kicked off last night's episode by introducing a segment known as "Scapegoat Hunter," in which he took the NRA to task for blaming incidents such as the Newtown shooting on everything EXCEPT guns.

He then brandished a plastic weapon and bellowed:

“We can blame movies, or video games, or the mentally ill, or God. And it’s a complex problem, and all solutions have to be on the table. But it is time we talk about guns."

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At a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival on Friday night, Jon Stewart sat down with Stephen Colbert and spoke on a number of issues:

How close he came to quitting The Daily Show after landing the gig; how he can't watch the opening to his 9/11 episode; and how much he absolutely hates Hugh Grant.

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“He’s giving everyone shit the whole time, and he’s a big pain in the ass,” Stewart said of Grant's 2009 appearance.

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Jon Stewart took on Bill O'Relly in The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium last night, a debate between the Comedy Central and Fox News host held at George Washington University.

And, unlike the actual Presidential Debate, both sides actually showed up this time.

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Among the topics tackled between the political frenemies:

Stewart on Fox News viewers: "I believe any time where you run an organization where more people believe the President is a Muslim than believe in Evolution, it's a problem."

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According to Mitt Romney, 47% of Americans are content to loaf through life and rely on the government for their financial needs.

That figure and that stance may be controversial, but this is not: 100% of Americans ought to be excited for October 6 at 8 p.m. EST.

That's when Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly will hold a debate at George Washington University, as the Comedy Central and Fox News hosts may come at each other from different sides of the political spectrum, but have actually appeared on each other's shows and clearly hold a high level of respect for one another.

Are you listening, member of Congress?

It will cost $4.95 to live stream the event and half the proceeds will go to charity. Watch a promo now for what is being dubbed "The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium."

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On September 20, 2001, Jon Stewart returned to work for the first time since the terrorist attacks that changed a city and a nation forever just nine days earlier.

In the uncomfortable and emotional position of welcoming viewers to a show based on parodying politics and current events, the New Jersey native delivered a heartfelt monologue in which he initially asked everyone at home:

"Are you okay? We pray that you are and that your family is."

Choking back tears, the host went on to find the silver lining in this unfathomable loss, calling the recovery "Martin Luther King's dream realized" and concluding with:

"The view from my apartment was the World Trade Center... this symbol of American ingenuity and strength and labor and imagination and commerce and it's gone."

"But you know what the view is now? The Statue of Liberty. The view from the south of Manhattan is the Statue of Liberty. You can't beat that."

Indeed.

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The opportunity was there for Robert Pattinson last night.Robert Pattinson Cosmopolis Premiere Pic

Making his first public appearance since news of Kristen Stewart cheating on him with Rupert Sanders broke, the actor appeared as a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

And the host good-naturedly broached the topic right away, asking Pattinson what he's been up to and adding: "Are you all right? Is everything OK? I'm worried about you."

Did Rob take the bait? Did he throw Stewart under a bus on national television?

Robert Pattinson and Jon Stewart

Nope.

"My biggest problem in my life is I'm cheap, and I didn't hire a publicist," Pattinson replied. "I'm going to hire a publicist."

Stewart then broke out some Ben & Jerry's and tried to bond with the handsome star.

"Now, we're just a couple of gals talking," Stewart said. "All right... Tell me everything."

Pattinson went along with the joke, laughing about splitting open his Spanx and only grew serious after Stewart noted that - for young people - going through a breakup often feels like the end of the world. To this, Robert simply responded:

"It is."

But he proceeded to tell the audience it was okay and no one should feel sorry for him. Talk then turned to the film Pattinson was there to promote, Cosmopolis.

It was a deftly handled interview on both sides, with the Stewart-sized elephant in the room acknowledged in a funny, classy way... given the circumstances. Watch the full exchange below.

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