Funnyman Jon Stewart decided that even joking about not voting was no laughing matter. So he apologized.
The stir began Tuesday when "The Daily Show" host was asked by CNN's Christiane Amanpour if he had voted in the midterm election. Stewart replied no. When Amanpour expressed surprise, Stewart elaborated: "No, I just moved. I don't even know where my thing is now."
But later in the day on his own program, Stewart set the record straight: he did vote, he said, and was being "flip" in the CNN interview.
"I want to apologize," he said. "It sent a message that I didn't think voting was important or that I didn't think it was a big issue. And I do."
Check out the exchange with Amanpour and the big apology above, at about the :45 mark.