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Jon Stewart’s show on Apple is over because of disagreements about China

today 10/20/2023
Jon Stewart's show on Apple TV+ has come to an unexpected end. Stewart and Apple executives decided to part ways due to concerns about the subject matter of the upcoming season, which included China, Israel, and artificial intelligence. Despite having creative control over the show, Stewart grew frustrated with the company's pushback on guest selection and show topics. The cancellation of the show was first reported by The New York Times. Apple has not commented on the matter. The decision may be related to Apple's significant sales in China and its desire to avoid any potential controversy that could affect its business in the region. The Chinese economy and yuan's weakness have already impacted Apple's sales in the country. Smartphone competition and a nationalist sentiment among Chinese consumers have also influenced their preference for Chinese-made tech over Apple products. Although China's economic growth is notable, its housing market struggles and the need for government support may have influenced Apple's caution regarding any critical content on China. Despite initially mixed reviews, Jon Stewart's show gained popularity in its most recent season, with some clips going viral and receiving significant mainstream media attention.
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