Social media suggest #JobsForJonStewart

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  • Fans offered suggestions for Jon Stewart's next career on social media
  • Suggestions included political office and replacing Katy Perry's Left Shark

(CNN)During Tuesday's taping of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart's studio audience learned the news that would shortly become public: The comedian, who never shied away from stinging commentary on the state of politics and the news media, was leaving the host chair after 17 years, saying, "in my heart I know it is time for someone else to have that opportunity."

"I'm gonna have dinner, on a school night, with my family -- who, I have heard from multiple sources, are lovely people," he joked of his plans.
At the end, the show cut to a clip of a monkey washing a cat, mixing the lighthearted with a serious moment in true "Daily Show" form.
    Stewart fans took this tone to heart and started the #JobsForJonStewart hashtag on Twitter, offering career advice from the sensible to the silly.
    On the heels of Brian Williams' six-month suspension without pay from NBC Nightly News, many championed Stewart to replace Williams.
    Last year, CNN's Christiane Amanpour asked Stewart a similar question: Would he ever host a show like "Meet the Press," as was, at the time, being speculated?
    "Like yourself? Like a real journalist?" he asked.
    He continued, "That, I don't believe, is in danger of happening. Yeah. That I can pretty confidently state that I will not have my own 'Room of Situations.' That's just a name I came up with, a 'Room of Situations.' "
    Other Twitter users also suggested Stewart step into a more serious role, including as the president of the United States.
    And, because Twitter trends topically, the hashtag came rife with Left Shark and other of-the-moment references.