12 awesome ladies who should replace Jon Stewart as host of 'The Daily Show'

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FILE - This Nov. 30, 2011 file photo shows television host Jon Stewart during a taping of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in New York. Stewart says Aug. 6, 2015 will be his last night hosting Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” Stewart set the date in the closing moments of Monday, April 20 edition of the parody newscast. (AP Photo/Brad Barket, file)
Jon Stewart, host of "The Daily Show," tapes a segment of the Comedy Central cable network's mock news program Thursday, April 20, 2000 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Photo by: Peter Kramer STAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 2001 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 1/23/01 Jon Stewart at the Silver Lining Benefit. (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Comedian Jon Stewart accepts the award on behalf of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" after it won for outstanding variety, music, or comedy series at the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at the Shrine Auditorium on Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Jon Stewart poses with his two trophy backstage at the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Stewart won for outstanding variety, music or comedy series and for outstanding writing for a variety, music or comedy series. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Anderson Cooper, left, and Jon Stewart arrive at the celebration for Time magazine's annual '100 most influential people' issue in New York City Tuesday, April 19, 2005. (AP Photo/John Smock)
Jon Stewart hugs presenter Brad Garrett, center, as presenter Patricia Heaton holds the Emmy he accepted for the outstanding variety, music or comedy series for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" at the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Jon Stewart, host of the "Daily Show" poses for a picture at Friday, Feb. 17, 2006, in New York. Stewart is set to host this year's Academy Awards telecast March 5th. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Oscar host Jon Stewart, second from left, jokes around with Oscar producer Gil Cates, left, after the conclusion of the 78th Academy Awards Sunday, March 5, 2006, in Los Angeles. Bruce Vilanch is at far right. Others are unidentified. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Senator Edward M. Kennedy, D- Mass., left, makes an appearance on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", Thursday, April 20, 2006. Kennedy is promoting his book titled "America Back On Track". (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)
Jon Stewart holds the award his show won for outstanding directing for a variety, music or comedy program for the "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)
Daily Show host Jon Stewart appears on a taping on Comedy Centrals "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in New York, Tuesday Sept. 25, 2007. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Jon Stewart, host of the 80th Academy Awards, poses for a photo at the Kodak Theater in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, speaks with host Jon Stewart during a break at a taping of The Daily Show on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0166 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jon Stewart during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on November 19, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Jon Stewart and Tracy McShane arrive at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2010 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, talks with Jon Stewart during an appearance on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in New York. After more than 16 years and nearly 2,600 telecasts, Stewart will end his show on Aug. 6. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)
Comedian Jon Stewart speaks to the crowd his Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the National Mall in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: (L-R) John Stewart and Stephen Colbert during the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by /Invision for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images)
FILE - This Nov. 30, 2011 file photo shows television host Jon Stewart during a taping of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in New York. Stewart will sign off for good on Aug. 6. (AP Photo/Brad Barket, File)
Jon Stewart, left, presents Don Rickles with the Johnny Carson Award at The 2012 Comedy Awards in New York, Saturday, April 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Jon Stewart, winner Outstanding Varety Series for "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart", poses backstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Jon Stewart performs at the 6th Annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert for injured service members and veterans on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 28: Host Jon Stewart at 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' covers the Midterm elections in Austin with 'Democalypse 2014: South By South Mess' at ZACH Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
Comedian Jon Stewart performs at the Stand Up for Heroes event at Madison Square Garden, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in New York. (John Minchillo/Invision/AP)
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reacts to host Jon Stewart during a taping of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Actor Gael Garcia Bernal (L) and director/writer/producer Jon Stewart attend 'Rosewater' New York Premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on November 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Jon Stewart performs onstage at The New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation present the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes Event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for New York Comedy Festival)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 7: Stewart is seen at the Royal York Hotel. Jon Stewart (of the Daily Show fame) directed and wrote a film called Rosewater about a journalist who was detained and tortured in Iran after an interview on American television. The film was shown at TIFF. (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TELLURIDE, CO - AUGUST 29: Director Jon Stewart and journalist Maziar Bahari speak at a Q&A for 'Rosewater' at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival - Day 1 on August 29, 2014 in Telluride, Colorado. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images For Telluride Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Martin Scorsese, Don Rickles, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart and Johnny Depp attend Spike TV's 'Don Rickles: One Night Only' on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Spike TV)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Jon Stewart speaks onstage at Spike TV's 'Don Rickles: One Night Only' on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Spike TV)
Jon Stewart hosts Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs" at the Beacon Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Jon Stewart is officially exiting The Daily Show after 17 years -- leaving an opening people are already suggesting the likes of Craig Ferguson, Jason Jones, and even Brian Williams fill. Ugh, didn't we just do this? Colbert took over The Late Show for Letterman, Corden took The Late Late Show from Ferguson. White dudes replacing white dudes.

This is 20-effing-15, why do we still not have a woman in late night?

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We are ready and waiting for a female host -- there are Change.org petitions demanding it! (Do those ever do anything?) Anyway, here are 12 women who would be great to fill Stewart's seat. (Note: We excluded women like Amy Schumer, who already has a show on Comedy Central, and Chelsea Handler, who has a deal with Netflix, who would be great for the show, but it's not going to happen.)

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1. Amy Poehler: Amy seems to be the Internet's favorite to replace Stewart. It doesn't take a genius to figure out why -- it would basically be a return to her Weekend Update days. With Parks and Rec currently airing its final episodes, Poehler has yet to announce her next project. Maybe it could be this? Please?

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2. Retta: If not Poehler, perhaps Parks and Rec scene-stealer Retta? She's proven herself to be an absolutely delightful talk show guest, it's time we see how she fairs on the other side of the interview. Plus, she already has a loyal following who would live tweet that bitch.

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3. Jessica Williams: For what it's worth, this is our pick. Williams is consistently the best part of The Daily Show these days. Why shouldn't she be next in line? The Senior Beyoncé Correspondent is the show's youngest correspondent ever, now let's make her late night's youngest host ever.

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4. Kristen Schaal: She's already appeared a number of times as The Daily Show's "Senior Women's Issues Correspondent. Her segments tend to devolve into absurdity. Hilarious, hilarious absurdity, and we wouldn't mind seeing that on a more regular basis.

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5. Kate McKinnon: She's Saturday Night Live's most valuable player right now -- having created an arsenal of iconic characters in her three years on the show and earning an Emmy nomination for it. But all good things must come to an end, and this could be a fitting next step for her. (That is, if Ghostbusters doesn't make her a huge, huge movie star first. Act fast, Daily Show.)

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6. Maya Rudolph: Maya Rudolph isn't an underrated talent -- everyone knows she's funny -- but she also isn't getting cast in every movie ever since leaving SNL, as she should be, so something isn't adding up. Let's make it right and let her showcase her chops on this ever week instead.

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7. Paula Pell: She's the funniest woman whose name you (probably) don't know. Pell was an SNL writer for 17 years and is now moving into features with Sisters, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. She's just...brilliant and deserves to be a household name after giving so many other people funny things to say.

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8. Tig Notaro: Tig is honestly one of the most interesting people you will ever hear about -- and if you haven't heard about her, listen to her stand up special, Live, immediately. She has her own unique brand of humor and a wide range of interests -- her podcast Professor Blastoff covers topics that "range from scientific to philosophical to metaphysical." It'd be a different show, but one we would definitely watch.

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9. Amy Sedaris: We would do literally anything to get Amy's brand of genius on our TVs each week.

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10. Diablo Cody: At one point, Cody -- the screenwriter behind Juno and Jennifer's Body -- had a talk show set up with the E! Network and then... nothing. What ever happened with that, E!? She's an Oscar-winning writer who's proven she can handle interview duties (just watch any episodes of the late Red Band Trailer).

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11. Kelly Oxford: She's more than just a Twitter celebrity (though her tweets are both hilarious and topical -- perfect for The Daily Show). She's a New York Times Best Selling author, a screenwriter, and a blogger. Plus, if someone can become actually famous off of Vine, we should have no problem giving an actually intelligent and talented women a spot in late night based on her consistently thoughtful writing.

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12. Sarah Koenig: This is the dark horse of the list, but Koenig was one of the most talked about guests on sister show The Colbert Report, so there is a connection. She's had incredible success with This American Life and Serial, maybe it's time to make the move to the small screen. And maybe Adnan Syed could be her first guest. If he gets out of jail.

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