Jon Stewart interviews Linda Kahn, says Apple wouldn’t let him | Tech

Jon Stewart interviewed Federal Trade Commission (FTC) head Linda Kahn yesterday, saying that he’d wanted to do it while his show was hosted on Apple TV+, but the company wouldn’t allow it.

The revelation comes after one of the (many and varied!) complaints in the DOJ’s antitrust lawsuit was that Apple was controlling content and impacting on free speech …

John Stewart’s time at Apple TV+

A multi-year partnership between Apple and comedian & commentator Jon Stewart was announced back in 2020. It was reported that this would include a talk show on Apple TV+, and a companion podcast.

The show was later named The Problem with Jon Stewart, with the topic of each show expanded on in the accompanying podcast.

The show was a hard-hitting one, tackling issues like US gun policy and the indictment of Trump, but Apple reportedly baulked at some of the topics Stewart wanted to cover in the third season, which included China and AI. Apple subsequently cancelled the show and podcast – leading to questions by Congress.

Stewart returned as a part-time host on The Daily Show at Comedy Central, subsequently taking a dig at the audience size of Apple TV+ when commenting on the reason for his departure.

“I wanted a place to unload thoughts as we get into this election season. I thought I was going to do it over at, they call it, Apple TV+. It’s a television enclave, very small. It’s like living in Malibu. But they decided, they felt, that they didn’t want me to say things that might get me in trouble.”

Jon Stewart interviews Linda Kahn

In an interview with Linda Kahn, who…

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