Apple is no longer producing Jon Stewart’s “The Problem”. Allegedly, potential show topics involving China and AI were concerning Apple executives.
But Mr. Stewart and Apple executives had disagreements over some of the topics and guests on “The Problem,” two of the people said. Mr. Stewart told members of his staff on Thursday that potential show topics related to China and artificial intelligence were causing concern among Apple executives, a person with knowledge of the meeting said. As the 2024 presidential campaign begins to heat up, there was potential for further creative disagreements, one of the people said.
To be fair, we do not know exactly what details were causing problems, and Stewart is not always the most pure of “journalists”, but I have my theories. I would not be the slightest bit surprised if this is a case of conflict-of-interest impacting editorial control. The parent company, Apple, is most likely (definitely) concerned about their market access to China and ongoing efforts into AI research/dev.