Jon Stewart apologized profusely to viewers for having told CNN this afternoon that he had not voted. He says he’d made it up. He did not say why.

Talking to Christiane Amanpour hours earlier, about his new movie Rosewater and the midterm elections, she had asked him, “Did you vote?”

“No,” he had responded.

“No?!” she’d exclaimed.

“I just moved. I don’t know even where my thing is now,” he said.

First of all, I’ve known where my thing is since I was 13,” Stewart told his The Daily Show audience at the top of tonight’s live election-results episode. “To set the record straight, I did vote today. … I was being flip, and it kind of took off. I shouldn’t have been flip about that. … 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, and I did vote. I was being flip, and I shouldn’t have done that. That was stupid. So, I apologize.”