Jon Stewart said he was only joking when he pointed out that the goblin bankers in the Harry Potter movies had similarities with anti-Semitic caricatures of Jewish people, the Guardian reports

Comedian Stewart responded to a clamp his The problem with Jon Stewart podcast that recently went viral, in which he talked about scenes from the movies, based on JK Rowling’s books, set in Gringotts’ Wizarding Bank.

“‘Let me show you this from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion‘,” Stewart said in a mock conversation with a hypothetical Harry Potter fan, referring to the infamous anti-Semitic text. “I just want to show you a caricature.” And they say, ‘Oh, look at that, that’s from Harry Potter.’ And you say, ‘No, that’s a caricature of a Jew.’”

news week published a story about the clip and tweeted a link to it that read “Jon Stewart accuses JK Rowling of anti-Semitism in ‘Harry Potter’.”

Stewart retweeted that with the comment “No, I didn’t.” He followed that up with a video clip from his podcast, which he tweeted with the caption “Newsweek et al, may eat my ass.”

“Hello, my name is Jon Stewart,” he said. “I don’t think JK Rowling is anti-Semitic. I don’t think the Harry Potter movies are anti-Semitic… I don’t want the Harry Potter movies censored in any way. It was a light-hearted conversation.”

He also addressed directly news weeksaying “Your business model is fucking arson… And now all the bastards are piling up” [on] to this ridiculous nonsense you put out there… You always meant something. You were my go-to at the airport when the kiosk was out Time magazine.”

Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.