According to sources, Stewart and Apple executives have decided to part ways, with the show's staff being informed of the cancellation on Thursday, just weeks before the scheduled taping of the third season.
"The Problem," Stewart's talk show, made its debut two years ago, marking his triumphant return to the format after a six-year absence. However, disagreements between Stewart and Apple executives regarding the show's topics and guests have led to this unexpected conclusion. When breaking the news to the staff, Stewart revealed that potential discussions on China, artificial intelligence, and the 2024 presidential campaign were points of contention for the Apple executives.
The New York Times speculates that with the upcoming presidential election, "The Problem" could have generated political controversy for Apple, which boasts over 18.8 million subscribers. This controversy would have been reminiscent of conservative boycotts of Disney or liberals challenging Starbucks over firearm safety.
Despite the show's struggles to gain traction, the second season did receive an Emmy nomination and produced several viral clips. However, many of these clips were subject to mockery.
Stewart, known for his success in transforming "The Daily Show" from a low-rated late-night series into a popular show from 1999 to 2015, had high hopes for "The Problem." Unfortunately, the creative differences between him and Apple executives have brought this chapter to an unexpected close.