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Jon Stewart is coming off the talk show sidelines, and podcasting is one of the places where he is landing in his much anticipated return. Stewart has struck a deal with Apple to launch The Problem with Jon Stewart on Sept. 30. The series will air worldwide on Apple TV+ with a companion podcast part of the project.

“Test, test -- do I tap on the mic?” is about all that Stewart shares in a brief 15-second teaser for the podcast released today. But Apple is sending a bigger message by going out of its way to say Stewart will not be exclusive. The Problem podcast will be distributed via RSS and therefore make the weekly series widely available.

For fans of Stewart’s time hosting “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, the new format of his show may initially take some getting used to. Stewart has a multiyear deal with Apple and that will allow “The Problem With Jon Stewart” to be a multiple-season, single-issue series. Apple says it will take a deep-dive on the most important topics that are currently part of the national conversation. It also says the show will feature Stewart having a discussion with the people who are impacted by the issue. Together, they will discuss tangible steps that can lead to a solution. Apple has not said what the first series will focus on.

The companion series podcast will extend the TV show conversation from each episode, featuring staff members from across the show who will bring us interviews with activists in the space, the facts on the issue. Apple promises there will also be “lots of jokes.”

“The Problem With Jon Stewart” will be executive produced by Stewart through his Busboy Productions. The series is executive produced by showrunner Brinda Adhikari, alongside Stewart’s longtime manager James Dixon, and Richard Plepler through his EDEN Productions, which has an exclusive overall production deal with Apple. Chelsea Devantez is head writer and Lorrie Baranek is supervising producer.

Watch a video trailer HERE.