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“The Problem with Jon Stewart” was canceled not because of what the host said, but because of what he might say on Apple TV+ in the future if the show were to continue.
Apple canceled The Trouble with Jon Stewart in October 2023 after a successful two seasons and multiple Emmy nominations. At the time, it was believed that there was controversy over the themes of the third season.
In an interview the morning of his new appearance behind the desk on Comedy Central's “The Daily Show,” Stewart spoke to CBS Mornings about the upcoming show, among other topics. However, he did address the ending of his Apple TV+ show.
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No direct confirmation of the reason Since the cancellation, Stewart has avoided the rumors He said Apple “didn't want me to say things that would get me in trouble.”
Although the split was reportedly amicable, there were rumors at the time that the cancellation was caused by Stewart and Apple were at odds over the themes of Season 3. Topic suggestions that allegedly caused Apple concern included artificial intelligence and China.
The show has previously tackled controversial topics such as racism and climate change. At the time, Stewart even criticized Apple on the show itself.
It is unclear why Apple was allegedly not happy with these topics, given what previously aired on Apple TV+.
The cancellation and rumors also led the House Select Committee on Competition with the Chinese Communist Party to demand Apple justify its decision. Specifically, the committee wanted an answer to the question of whether China had undue influence over Apple and the program. It's unclear how this happened or whether Apple ever formally responded.
Stewart says his return to “The Daily Show” is because he needed “a place to unload my thoughts heading into election season.”
“I thought I'd do it on – they call it Apple TV+. This is a television enclave, very small. It’s like living in Malibu,” Stewart added.