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Jon Stewart's new digital animated project with HBO has been scrapped

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HBO and Jon Stewart released a joint statement saying that both parties have decided not to move ahead with a short-form digital animated project because of "technical issues," CNN reported.

"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," said the statement. 

HBO did, however, announce that they have some projects with the comedian set to be announced in the near future.

The cancellation has been met with surprised given that there was a high amount of anticipation for the project. Fans have been itching to see Stewart make his return to TV after stepping down as the host of "The Daily Show." 

When the partnership between the network and Stewart was announced, it was touted as "the next phase of Stewart's groundbreaking career." 

The announcement has generally been met with disappointment on social media. 

Some feel that now more than ever, given the political climate, Stewart is needed. 

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