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Jon Stewart Apologizes To Dick Molpus For Mississippi Slavery Ban Segment (VIDEO)

02/26/2013 09:01 am ET | Updated Feb 26, 2013

Everyone makes mistakes, even Jon Stewart. But the important thing is recognizing it and making amends... and if you have a TV show, you can go a step further and lionize the person you mistakenly ridiculed. That's exactly what happened on Monday's "Daily Show", when Jon Stewart revisited a segment he did last Thursday.

Plenty of jokes were made at the expense of Mississippi and its better-late-than-never passage of the slavery ban, but "The Daily Show" also took the opportunity to joke about its former Secretary of State Dick Molpus, mostly because he has a funny name. What they didn't realize is that Molpus has long been committed to civil rights and that characterizing him as a casual racist was way off the mark.

Watch Jon's heartfelt mea culpa above and marvel at how he manages to be sincere while still giggling over Molpus's last name.

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