So much for Jon Stewart’s much-hailed return to television. The comedian and political commentator’s Apple
TV+ show, “The Problem with Jon Stewart,” is getting the axe after just two seasons, according to a report from The New York Times.
At issue were “disagreements over some of the topics and guests” on the program, the Times said. Specifically, “potential show topics related to China and artificial intelligence were causing concern among Apple executives.” The Times cited several people “with knowledge of the decision” as the source of the news. MarketWatch reached out to Apple and Stewart’s representatives for comment, but didn’t receive an immediate response. Stewart has built his career on his comedic — and sometimes controversial — takes on the news and more. And he had enormous success as the host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” from 1999 to 2015, where he skewered everything from presidential politics to Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. But Stewart wasn’t necessarily able to continue that success with his Apple TV+ streaming show, which could naturally also be a contributing factor to its cancellation. In its first season, the program saw ratings go from 180,000 homes tuning in during the first week to 40,000 by the fifth episode, according to a report on The Wrap website. Still, the program was renewed for a second season. And plans were set for a third — until now. The current concern for Apple could be that Stewart’s controversial takes might lead to a sales backlash for the company, the Times said. Certainly, companies ranging from Anheuser-Busch
have faced similar issues of late. In the case of Anheuser-Busch, its decision to feature trans activist Dyla …