I was so excited when David Letterman announced his retirement, foolishly thinking that in 2015 we'd finally get some ovaries in a late night chair, or maybe even a person of color. Instead it was a shell game, and the powers that be just shuffled some white men around the board until they came up with the same old predictable late night lineup. We keep squandering opportunities to shake up the late night landscape, and now that Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show we're getting that chance again. Who should take his place? Any of these women, for starters.
My Twitter feed lit up with Williams' name all night, and with good reason—this hilarious feminist and current Daily Show correspondent would be a natural to take Stewart's place.
She has the dry delivery of a seasoned news anchor and an incredible sense of comic timing. I'm definitely here for Tig's thoughts on the economy.
HEAR ME OUT. Hoda is a great journalist, but her sense of fun and whimsy is wasted on morning television. Put her on a late night desk and watch her go.
This brash and thoughtful comedian is the breath of fresh air that late night desperately needs. Esposito has an easy rapport with guests on her podcast, Put Your Hands Together, and she's got a punk rock approach to dealing with hecklers and idiots. She'd fit right in.
Come on, late night—let's get weird. The Strangers with Candy creator and all around crafty author would ensure that you would never know what to expect.
I grew up watching Sue Simmons anchor NBC New York's Live at Five newscast. She was the first person I ever saw roll her eyes and laugh at the more absurd news items, and I'd love to see her acerbic sense of humor on TV again, possibly with cursing.
She might be new to Saturday Night Live, but she's had a long career in the comedy trenches. Jones should inherit The Daily Show the way distinguished dudes seem to do after years of service.
Danielle Henderson is a lapsed academic, heavy metal karaoke machine, and culture editor at Fusion. She enjoys thinking about how race, gender, and sexuality shape our cultural narratives, but not in a boring way.