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'Don't go!' Reactions to Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' exit plan take social media by storm

Reaction to Jon Stewart's Tuesday night announcement that he would be leaving "The Daily Show" after over 16 years was swift and deeply sad.

But let's face it, amid the simple cries of "don't go!" that began popping up on social media, quite a few of them were also poignant and funny.

Dear #JonStewart | I regret to inform you that we are unable to accept your resignation at this time. Sincerely | Literally Everyone

Dear #JonStewart | I regret to inform you that we are unable to accept your resignation at this time. Sincerely | Literally Everyone

— Brenna Clarke Gray (@mittenstrings) February 11 | 2015

Here's a selection of great tweets we've rounded up from "Daily Show" fans, employees and alumni.

"Watch What Happens Live" host Andy Cohen weighed in early:

Say it ain't so | Jon Stewart!!!!! don't go don't go!!

Say it ain't so | Jon Stewart!!!!! don't go don't go!!

— Andy Cohen (@Andy) February 11 | 2015

Followed by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest:

jon stewart | thx for all you've done to make us think | learn | and laugh

jon stewart | thx for all you've done to make us think | learn | and laugh

— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) February 11 | 2015

Senator Elizabeth Warren summed things up nicely:

Washington is rigged for the big guys - and no person has more consistently called them out for it than Jon Stewart. Good luck | Jon!

Washington is rigged for the big guys - and no person has more consistently called them out for it than Jon Stewart. Good luck | Jon!

— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) February 11 | 2015

Yep, Mindy Kaling, yep:

I KNEW WHEN JON STEWART LEFT TO DIRECT THAT MOVIE HE WAS GONNA TRY SOMETHING LIKE THIS

I KNEW WHEN JON STEWART LEFT TO DIRECT THAT MOVIE HE WAS GONNA TRY SOMETHING LIKE THIS

— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) February 11 | 2015

Wil Wheaton saw a connection between Stephen Colbert's exit from his own nightly show and Stewart's:

We lose Colbert | and now we lose Jon Stewart?! This is the worst timeline | ever.

We lose Colbert | and now we lose Jon Stewart?! This is the worst timeline | ever.

— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) February 11 | 2015

While Craig Ferguson (who exited "The Late Late Show" last December) seemed to understand the exit, and applauded it appropriately:

Congratulations to Jon Stewart on an extraordinary groundbreaking run.

Congratulations to Jon Stewart on an extraordinary groundbreaking run.

— Craig Ferguson (@CraigyFerg) February 11 | 2015

Big names from across the pond also mourned, including "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling:

Jon Stewart is leaving @theDailyShow | one of my favourite TV programmes ever. That's major news to get over your morning tea. #BritishGrief

Jon Stewart is leaving @theDailyShow | one of my favourite TV programmes ever. That's major news to get over your morning tea. #BritishGrief

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 11 | 2015

Plus former "House" star Hugh Laurie:

Devastated that Jon Stewart is standing down. The thin comic line is breached and the barbarians are upon us.

Devastated that Jon Stewart is standing down. The thin comic line is breached and the barbarians are upon us.

— Hugh Laurie (@hughlaurie) February 11 | 2015

While Piers Morgan made a tongue-in-cheek bid for the position.

BREAKING: I deny all rumours that I am to take over @NBCNightlyNews or @TheDailyShow . (Rumours I just started.)

BREAKING: I deny all rumours that I am to take over @NBCNightlyNews or @TheDailyShow . (Rumours I just started.)

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 11 | 2015

Speaking of positions that are open, leave it to Arby's to get into the fray with a new job offer:

Jon | feel free to reach out to us at careers@arbys.com.

Jon | feel free to reach out to us at careers@arbys.com.

— Arby's (@Arbys) February 11 | 2015

Other celebs spoke up with despair in those 140 characters, like Pixar director Brad Bird:

No "DAILY SHOW with Jon Stewart" is the worst news for TV since... ... since the rest of TV news |

No "DAILY SHOW with Jon Stewart" is the worst news for TV since... ... since the rest of TV news |

— Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) February 11 | 2015

And Alyssa Milano entered a state of denial:

No!!! Jon Stewart can't retire from The Daily Show!!

No!!! Jon Stewart can't retire from The Daily Show!!

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 11 | 2015

Eva Longoria's evenings are forever changed:

So sad #JonStewart is leaving the @DailyShow! My nights will never be the same! http://t.co/WgHjp4oHPv

So sad #JonStewart is leaving the @DailyShow! My nights will never be the same! http://t.co/WgHjp4oHPv

— Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) February 11 | 2015

But there are plenty of alumni and still-employed "Daily Show" folks who mourn his impending exit in their own way, like "The Nightly Show" host Larry Wilmore:

You're the best Jon | it's really that simple. Please take all the time you need to finish | like years!! Just keeping it 100!! #cantquityou

You're the best Jon | it's really that simple. Please take all the time you need to finish | like years!! Just keeping it 100!! #cantquityou

— Larry Wilmore (@larrywilmore) February 11 | 2015

The show's co-creator Lizz Winstead, making an oblique reference:

I have been passed out on cold medicine and just woke up. Anything happen while I was out?

I have been passed out on cold medicine and just woke up. Anything happen while I was out?

— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) February 11 | 2015

Former "Newsroom" star Olivia Munn, who was with the show from 2010-11 as an on-air correspondent:

I'm proud to have called him my boss | and feel lucky to call him my friend. Can't wait for Jon Stewart 2.0.

I'm proud to have called him my boss | and feel lucky to call him my friend. Can't wait for Jon Stewart 2.0.

— oliviamunn (@oliviamunn) February 11 | 2015

Writer on over 800 episodes and author Daniel Radosh:

Since I know people wonder about this stuff | Jon Stewart is the best boss I've ever had -- and I worked for myself for 15 years.

Since I know people wonder about this stuff | Jon Stewart is the best boss I've ever had -- and I worked for myself for 15 years.

— Daniel Radosh (@danielradosh) February 11 | 2015

The show's longest-running writer J.R. Havlan, who underscored a key fact:

w/ #JonStewart leaving @TheDailyShow what's most important is that we focus on what really matters. my record stands! pic.twitter.com/N6XY5ra91e

w/ #JonStewart leaving @TheDailyShow what's most important is that we focus on what really matters. my record stands! pic.twitter.com/N6XY5ra91e

— j.r. havlan (@JRHavlan) February 11 | 2015

And even God has weighed in. (OK, it's really former staff writer-turned-"Late Late Show with James Corden" producer David Javerbaum.)

No | Jon! No!!!!

No | Jon! No!!!!

— God (@TheTweetOfGod) February 10 | 2015

One thing is clear: Stewart will be missed.

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