Mike Rowe was almost named the host of 'The Daily Show' twice

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Jon Stewart Says Farewell As 'The Daily Show' Host

It's always fun to hear the might-have-beens when it comes to "The Daily Show."

Everyone from Louis C.K. to Amy Schumer were reportedly offered Jon Stewart's hosting chair following his announcement that he was leaving the show. The choice went to up-and-coming comedian Trevor Noah.

But one of the most outside-the-box hosting choices has now been revealed. Mike Rowe was almost made "The Daily Show" host on two separate occasions.

The wise-cracking blue-collar everyman from "Dirty Jobs" and now CNN's "Somebody's Gotta Do It" stated his missed opportunities on his website Thursday after being asked how he deals with rejection.

Rowe posted a picture of himself crying while holding up a reaction letter from "The Daily Show." He called it "one of the nicest rejection letters I've ever received, but it was nevertheless devastating, because I knew then with certainty that this was my 'dream job.'"

According to Rowe's post, he was also considered 17 years ago as the first-ever host of "The Daily Show" leading up to its premiere.

"Comedy Central spent a year looking for the right host. The audition process was extensive, and when the dust settled, it came down to two – Craig Kilborn and me. The job went to Craig, and I was crushed."

Kilborn was a popular anchor on ESPN's "SportsCenter" before becoming "The Daily Show" host. He left "The Daily Show" in 1999 and went to CBS to host "The Late Late Show."

When looking for Kilborn's replacement, Comedy Central came calling again to Rowe.

"Craig split, and the network called me back," Rowe wrote in his post. "I went in for another audition. This time, I wasn't going to let it get away. I did the very best job I could, and all modesty aside, I killed it. Afterwards, I was told by the producers and writers that I was about to become the new host of The Daily Show, unless – by some miracle – Comedy Central were to suddenly cough up the kind of money that could entice a proven entity like Dennis Miller or Jon Stewart. Of course, we all now which way the mop flopped, and I was once again, devastated."

Rowe wrote the second rejection was "a critical step in a long series of failures that got me to the sewer," referring to getting the "Dirty Jobs" show, which turned him into a star host.

But just imagine how "The Daily Show" would have turned out with Rowe at the helm.

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Jon Stewart hosts 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' #JonVoyage on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Jordan Klepper, Aasif Mandvi, Jessica Williams, Lewis Black, John Hodgman, Hasan Minhaj and Al Madrigal visit 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' #JonVoyage on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: John Hodgman, Matt Walsh, Nancy Walls, Dan Bakkedahl, Rob Riggle, Samantha Bee, Aasif Mandvi, Hasan Minhaj, Stephen Colbert, Steven Carell, Jon Stewart, Jordan Klepper, John Oliver, Ed Helms, Larry Wilmore, Rob Corddry, Olivia Munn, and Kristen Schaal appear on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' #JonVoyage on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Nate Corddry (C) Rob Corddry (R) and host Jon Stewart (L) appear on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' #JonVoyage on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Jon Stewart hosts 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' #JonVoyage on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Dan Bakkedahl and Matt Walsh appear on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' #JonVoyage on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Host Jon Stewart, Rob Riggle and Olivia Munn appear on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' #JonVoyage on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Host Jon Stewart and Olivia Munn appear on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' #JonVoyage on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Wyatt Cenac appears on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' #JonVoyage on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Jon Stewart hosts 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' #JonVoyage on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart appear on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' #JonVoyage on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Jessica Williams, Hasan Minhaj, Aasif Mandvi, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Steve Carell, Jordan Klepper, John Oliver and Wyatt Cenac appear on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' #JonVoyage on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band appear on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' #JonVoyage on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Larry Wilmore (R) and host Jon Stewart (L) appear on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' #JonVoyage on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Jon Stewart hosts 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' #JonVoyage on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: John Hodgman, Lewis Black, Aasif Mandvi, Jordan Klepper, Steve Carell, Jessica Williams, Samantha Bee, Hasan Minhaj, Kristen Schaal and Al Madrigal appear on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' #JonVoyage on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Jessica Williams appears on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' #JonVoyage on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band appear on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' #JonVoyage on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: John Oliver and host Jon Stewart appear on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' #JonVoyage on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Jon Stewart exits the studio following the final taping of 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart' on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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