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Comedians Sound Off On Jon Stewart Leaving 'The Daily Show' At The 'Night Of Too Many Stars'

03/08/2015 05:17 pm ET | Updated Mar 08, 2015
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What do some of America's biggest comedians think about Jon Stewart leaving "The Daily Show"? When Stewart hosted the taping of Comedy Central's fifth "Night Of Too Many Stars" recently, comics opened up about his decision to leave his longtime post and spend more time with his family. The biennial event benefits autism.

Some comedians on the red carpet for the event's taping Feb. 28 disagreed on just how many stars is "too many" -- "Weird Al" landed on a firm "85" while Sarah Silverman settled on a more conservative "no more than three" -- but everyone said replacing Stewart will be a difficult task. They also had some very different suggestions for what he should do in his upcoming free time.

Find out what stars like Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan and Gilbert Gottfried had to say about Stewart's decision below and watch the "Night Of Too Many Stars" broadcast and live telethon at 8 p.m. Sunday on Comedy Central.

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  • 'Weird Al' Yankovic
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    “I think Jon Stewart and I should just switch jobs for a while. You know, he can be America’s pre-eminent parody artist and I could be the host of ‘The Daily Show’ and we’ll just see how that works out.”
  • Sarah Silverman
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    “I think he’s going to watch his kids grow up and be even more involved with their lives. He’s a real family man and these are exciting years that you don’t get back ... And then he can do anything. He can direct, he can make movies, he can run for office … I can’t imagine he’d want to, but it’d be great for us. He might need to ‘lean in.'"
  • Amy Schumer
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    “I think he should gain, like, a ton of weight, get really into reading like trashy novels and follow his real dreams of being a street musician. A lot of people don’t know this but he plays the steel drums, and he sometimes gets on the 7 train to make some extra dough.”
  • Gilbert Gottfried
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    “I think Jon should get like a big shopping cart, and take soda cans out of the garbage and turn them in for the refund.”
  • Maya Rudolph
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    “I really am not ready to say goodbye.”
  • Jim Gaffigan
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    “There’s something about what he does, even before the interview, it’s always home-runs. It’s entertaining but it’s also the artistry of how he executes it, there's nobody else who can do that. I wouldn’t want to replace him ... I think they might have to go really outside the box and maybe just go for a flame-thrower, maybe Keith Olbermann. Who knows?”

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