Jon Stewart has an almost saint-like status among liberals. The man can do no wrong in their eyes.
HBO would beg to differ.
The cable giant just ditched Stewart’s new show after nearly two years of development. Stewart’s new venture had been highly anticipated among his fans, after he left his Comedy Central show in 2015. Among many millennials, Jon Stewart was their source for news, rather than cable or network news outlets.
HBO had hoped to have Stewart on the air in time to comment on the 2016 presidential election. Hillary Clinton will likely cite Stewart’s absence from the public stage as a reason for her loss. After all, she’s already blamed everyone else.
HBO is scrapping plans to develop a new show with Jon Stewart after 18-months of planning, saying “technical issues” are too difficult to overcome.
Jon Stewart, former host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, was creating an animated series that was originally expected to premiere in early 2016, but delays continued pushing the release. HBO announced the decision Tuesday night to ditch the effort with Stewart, throwing a wrench in his plans for a comeback to television, reports The New York Times.
HBO and Jon Stewart originally planned to create digital shorts parodying cable news networks that they hoped to air during the 2016 presidential election.
“HBO and Jon Stewart have decided not to proceed with a short form digital animated project,” HBO said in a statement to The New York Times. “We all thought the project had great potential, but there were technical issues in terms of production and distribution that proved too difficult given the quick turnaround and topical nature of the material.”