Newly elected Pope Francis appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pontiff and will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
The white smoke signaling a new pope was causing excitement in Rome, around the world and, of course, on Twitter.
Here's what some stars had to say about it:
Seth Rogen ?@Sethrogen: "There's also white smoke coming out of my office, but nobody seems that excited about it. #pope"
Joan Rivers ?@Joan_Rivers: "A new Pope has been chosen! I haven't seen this many people transfixed by a puff of white smoke since the discovery of fire!"
Downton Abbey's Dowager Countess, @theLadyGrantham: "White smoke rising from the #Vatican. Either a new pope has been elected, or Thomas and O'Brien are sharing a cigarette out back."
Jim Gaffigan ?@JimGaffigan: "Any truth to the rumor I'm starting that the new pope will also replace @JoyBehar on The View. I'm not saying it's me but I do have a Pope acceptance speech ready."
Aziz Ansari ?@azizansari: "Feeling good about my chances to be new Pope. My agents said I should hear something today..."
Neil Patrick Harris ?@ActuallyNPH: "New Pope news soon! You might want to follow @TheTweetOfGod for all papal updates. He has an "in"."
Maria Shriver @mariashriver: "Big moment for the church and for those of us who call ourselves Catholics. I hope the new pope comes with an open heart and open mind."
Ellen DeGeneres @TheEllenShow: "The good thing about being sick is I don't have to miss one minute of #PopeWatch2013. Back to the Chimney Cam."
Chris Harrison, @chrisbharrison: "When I told @SeanLowe09 & @clmgiudici I'm ordained I never thought the Vatican would respond so fast #Whitesmoke"
ArsenioHall, @ArsenioHall: "#CNN News just announced that @michaelstrahan will be replacing The Pope! Congratz Bruh!!! #whitesmoke"