Jon Stewart Walks Away From Apple After Being Censored

Apple TV Plus and Jon Stewart have decided to part ways ahead of the third season of The Problem With Jon Stewart due to “creative differences.” The show, once heralded as a significant achievement for Apple TV Plus when it was first announced in 2020, will no longer be produced, as reported by The New York Times.

Central to the disagreement between Stewart and Apple were concerns over some of the show’s guest bookings and Stewart’s intent to discuss topics of artificial intelligence and China. Although new episodes were slated to begin filming in the coming weeks, the production staff were informed that production has been halted.

The Hollywood Reporter noted that Apple communicated directly with Stewart, emphasizing the necessity for the show’s content to align with the company’s views. When faced with the possibility of the show’s cancellation, Stewart chose to exit rather than compromise on the content.

Apple describes the show as Jon “walking through America’s most persistent problems and trying to find solutions with people at the highest levels of power”.. which evidently is okay, as long as it doesn’t offend one of America’s largest rivals.

While Apple hasn’t responded to requests for comments on the show’s termination, the specifics about why the show’s anticipated content on artificial intelligence and China became contentious remain unclear. The New York Times has hinted, though, that given Apple TV Plus’s success with The Problem With Jon Stewart, which often features sharp critiques, and Apple’s strategic goal to maintain a favorable relationship with China, the show’s end was not entirely unexpected.


Information for this story was found via the New York Times and the sources mentioned. The author has no securities or affiliations related to the organizations discussed. Not a recommendation to buy or sell. Always do additional research and consult a professional before purchasing a security. The author holds no licenses.

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