According to a report from the New York Times, Apple CEO Tim Cook personally stepped in to end production of an Apple TV+ series about the rise and fall of the controversial media company and blogger network Gawker.

The NYT reports that Cook personally expressed his unease about Gawker in an email and was surprised that TV+ wanted to tell the company's story. There are several reasons why he might have been unhappy about the project.

Apple has collided with Gawker and questioned its methods several times, most famously in spring 2010, when its technology site Gizmodo obtained and reported on a 'lost' prototype of the iPhone 4. This resulted in police raiding a Gawker employee's home.

It was also Gawker that first speculated about Tim Cook's sexual orientation, six years before the Apple boss came out in an essay.

The show, which was developed under the working title Scraper, is now back on the market after Apple cancelled its purchase of the rights. Layne Eskridge, the Apple employee who was responsible for the original deal, is no longer at the company.

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This article originally appeared on Macwelt. Translation by David Price.