Jon Stewart’s planned television comeback abandoned by HBO

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Despite having spent the past 18 months planning a new Jon Stewart show, HBO is citing overwhelming “technical issues” as the reason they decided to suddenly halt its development on Tuesday.

A former host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, Stewart was planning to produce an animated series that was supposed to premiere in early 2016, but delays kept that from happening.

“HBO and Jon Stewart have decided not to proceed with a short form digital animated project,” HBO said in a statement. “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.”

After 16 years of hosting The Daily Show, Stewart left in 2015, saying that the late night schedule “clearly broke me.” He then went on to sign a four-year contract with HBO in November of that year to produce the digital shorts, stating, “I’m pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and then.”

Without giving any specific details, HBO said that they do want to work with Stewart in the future.

“We’re excited to report that we have some future projects together, which you will be hearing about in the near future,” HBO said in a statement.

Still listed as an executive producer on the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Stewart occasionally makes appearances on that show.

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