Everyone might need to take a moment to finish any scalding hot beverages they might be drinking and brace themselves for this news if they haven't already heard. Beloved fake news reporter Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show after almost 20 years of taking the news and reporting it to everyone, young and old, in a hilarious, satirical fashion; I don't know about you, but I just can't handle this. I'm still dealing with the fact that The Colbert Report aired its final episode, and now I have to deal with this emotional assault as well? However, I'm not worried about Stewart or his career after this. In fact, if I can no longer watch him on The Daily Show every night, then I certainly have more than a few ideas as to what he should do after the show is over.
Stewart is stepping down from The Daily Show at an incredible height in his career and, at this point, I think the people would really follow him anywhere. At the very least, I know that I certainly would. He's made us laugh, he's made us cry, he's made us think, and his options are endless when it comes to where his journey could take him from here. If he's still kicking around some ideas and taking suggestions, here are nine things I think that Stewart should do once The Daily Show is over.
1. Run For President
Hey, if the Terminator can be Governor of California and then go right back to movies, and if Donald Trump can keep giving me heart attacks by threatening to run, then Stewart can definitely submit his bid for a presidential campaign. He doesn't even need to get elected. It's an honor just to be nominated, as pageant hopefuls would say.
2. Direct More Movies
Whether you liked Rosewater or hated Rosewater, the fact is that we all know it as "that movie that was directed by Stewart." He could have a bright future ahead of him as a film director — you know, as his sole title and not just "film director while on break from The Daily Show." Clearly Stewart should start aiming for that EGOT.
3. Host A Web Series
One of the reasons that Stewart is exiting The Daily Show is that he is restless and wants to spend more time with his family. The easiest way to solve both problems is by hosting his own web series. A web series allows for a different format, less of a deadline, and the option of working from home, all of which offer Stewart a flexibility he couldn't get from a network program.
4. Co-Host The Late Show
Hey, he's the one who made Stephen Colbert famous. And I don't know about you, but anything they two of them do together is comic gold to me. Why not co-host The Late Show? Why not?
5. Write A Book
Stewart has released three books to this day, Naked Pictures of Famous People, America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, and Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race, but three is not enough. Maybe he should try writing actual fiction. Maybe he should try writing his memoirs. Maybe he should try writing a how-to guide to becoming Jon Stewart. Either way, I'd buy it.
6. Complete His Bucket List
Everybody has one, but not everybody gets to actually check off everything on the list. If Stewart wanted to simply disappear for a few years to do all the things that he's always wanted to do, but hasn't had a chance to yet, now might be the time to do that before he's too old to travel as much.
7. Found A Newspaper Like The Onion
Am I the only one who thinks Stewart was basically born to put out satirical papers like The Onion? Just me? It can't just be me. Maybe he could even just do a once-a-month newsletter round up of satirical stories to keep those wits sharp.
Any class that Stewart teaches at any college will fill up so fast that it would actually be unreal, if not a little embarrassing for the other teachers at the same school that are practically begging for students to sign up.
9. Become A Critic
If Stewart wanted to start giving me his own take on films, TV shows, or even celebrity careers, I would tune in for that. Sure, it doesn't carry the same heavy weight as politics, but, hey. Everyone's a critic.
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