The Problem with Jon Stewart has been axed from Apple TV+ over creative differences between Stewart and Apple regarding potential show topics about China and artificial intelligence, according to multiple outlets, bringing an end to the show after just two seasons.
The Emmy-nominated show’s staff members were notified about the shutdown Thursday as taping for a third season was set to begin soon, according to the New York Times, which first reported the news.
Apple approached Stewart, telling the talk show host that both sides needed to be “aligned” when it comes to show topics, according to the Hollywood Reporter, adding Stewart pushed back at the idea of being restricted by Apple.
Stewart wanted full creative control of the series, according to the sources cited by the Reporter,a preference Apple didn’t agree to, causing Stewart to walk away from the show.
The Problem was nominated for five Emmy Awards during its two-season run. The show recently switched to a biweekly release after releasing weekly episodes during its first season. Stewart signed a multi-year deal with Apple in 2020 to lead the series, covering current affairs with hourlong, single-topic episodes.
Prior to that, the media and political commentator was best known for his more than 15-year tenure hosting Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, which attracted millions of viewers online and on TV through critical yet comedic analyses of politics, pop culture and more.
Source: Forbes News