Jon Stewart on the Subjects — and People — Apple Didn’t Want Him to Discuss

Jon Stewart claims certain subjects — and people — were off limits on his former Apple TV+ series, The Problem with Jon Stewart.

On Monday’s episode of The Daily Show, Stewart interviewed Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan and alleged that Apple would not allow him to invite her on his former series.

“I’ve got to tell you, I wanted to have you on a podcast and Apple asked us not to do it, to have you. They literally said, ‘Please don’t talk to her,’” the comedian, 61, told Khan, who has served as FTC chair since June 2021.

“Having nothing to do with what you do for a living … I didn’t think they cared for you is what happened,” he jokingly added.

Jon Stewart hosts “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” #JonVoyage on August 6, 2015 in New York City.

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Stewart — who returned to The Daily Show in February — also claimed that Apple stopped him from discussing artificial intelligence on The Problem.

“They wouldn’t let us do that dumb thing we did in the first act on AI,” Stewart said, referring to a segment which made fun of AI.

“What is that sensitivity? Why are they so afraid to even have these conversations out in the public sphere?” he added.

Apple did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment.

The interview comes after the Department of Justice filed an antitrust suit against Apple for allegedly monopolizing the smartphone market and participating in anti-competitive practices last month. According to a press release from the DOJ, “Apple exercises its monopoly power to extract more money from consumers, developers, content creators, artists, publishers, small businesses, and merchants, among others.”

Khan has also taken action against major tech companies, including Amazon and Meta. 

Jon Stewart at 2024 Garden of Laughs comedy event at The Theater at MSG to benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation.

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The Problem with Jon Stewart was canceled after two seasons late last year.

Appearing on CBS Mornings last month, Stewart said that the show was axed because “they didn’t want me to say things that might get me in trouble.” He also shared that his return to the Daily Show was prompted by wanting to “have some place to unload thoughts as we get into this election season.”

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