I was a huge fan of The Daily Show from it’s very first episode, way back when Craig Kilborn was the host. When he left, I thought no one else would do as well with it. Boy, was I wrong.

Jon Stewart turned it into an absolutely essential part of Monday through Thursday night. If I miss an episode, I feel like I’m out of touch with what’s REALLY going on in the world. And now that it’s followed up by the funniest show on television — The Colbert Report — I constantly make sure my DVR’s are in working order so they never miss them.

But what if Jon left The Daily Show? Where would he go? Obviously, it would be to something bigger… Could it be the prime late night NBC slot right after the Tonight Show?

Jon’s deal with Comedy Central is up in 2008. Conan O’Brien leaves his show in 2009 and is expecting to take over from Leno. And if NBC opts to keep Leno, Conan will leave the network anyway, so the late night slot is open, and Newsday is reporting that NBC has been wining and dining Jon.

Is 12:30am a topic of discussion? Would Jon be as successful hosting a talk show instead of a fake news show? He tried it before on Fox, replacing Arsenio Hall, and it didn’t last very long. And what would happen to The Daily Show? Would Colbert break character and return as host? Or would one of the current crop of “senior correspondents” be given the anchor chair?