Former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart has launched a new Apple+ show, which critics have blasted as dull and stuck in the past.
Critics across the political spectrum said ‘The Problem With Jon Stewart’ is that he’s just not funny anymore, and lacks the humor that once drew millions of late-night viewers to his former Comedy Channel series.
The Washington Post’s TV critic Inkoo Kang called the show was a bore.
‘In the media run-up to the show’s release, Stewart has described “The Problem With” half-jokingly as “‘The Daily Show,’ but less entertaining,’ Kang wrote.
‘That still oversells its humor; I didn’t laugh once during the two 45-minute episodes screened for review.’
Jon Stewart's new show 'The Problem With John Stewart' debuted today on Apple+ TV
Stewart previously hosted The Daily Show on Comedy Central, but stepped down in 2015
The weekly series touts itself into taking a deep-dive into important issues through interviews and discussion.
During the first episode Stewart, who is worth an estimated $120 million, discussed health problems veterans are experiencing due to the nature of their job.
Rolling Stone magazine didn’t take it any easier on the 58-year-old comedian – its critic roasted Stewart for being stuck in the past.
‘That Stewart keeps invoking The Daily Show, both explicitly and with many of his creative choices, will be a feature rather than a bug to those who missed his sardonic voice while he sat out the Trump years as a public voice,’ wrote its TV critic Alan Sepinwall.
‘But the problem with Jon Stewart is that he hasn’t changed since we last saw him rocking out to Bruce Springsteen in his Daily Show finale, while the world has — both on television and outside of it.’
'The problem with Jon Stewart is that he hasn’t changed since we last saw him,' said one critic
Stewart made the left-leaning masses laugh for 16 years on The Daily Show with his impersonations of George W. Bush and comedic exchanges with correspondents Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, and Samantha Bee.
His satiric take on the day’s events often provided more insight into reality than some mainstream news stations.
He left the show in 2015,