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Jon Stewart’s final ‘Daily Show’ episode raised $2.2 million for autism

A woman looks at a poster that was distributed by employees of the “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” as they wait in line to enter for the show’s final taping, Thursday in New York.
A woman looks at a poster that was distributed by employees of the “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” as they wait in line to enter for the show’s final taping, Thursday in New York. AP

Jon Stewart bid farewell to “The Daily Show” Thursday, and the host of 16 years made sure he left on a good note.

Stewart reportedly raised $2.2 million for autism in his final episode by offering a raffle for a pair of tickets to the final taping.

The comedian partered with charity fundraising company Omaze, and viewers who donated $10 to New York Collaborates for Autism were entered into the drawing, according to Business Insider.

“Over the last 16 years, no one has done more than Jon to engage people around the issues that truly impact our lives, and it’s fitting that he leveraged his final show to raise over $2M for this incredible cause," Omaze co-founder Matt Pohlson said in a statement.

A total of 47,048 people donated to the cause, with donations averaging $45.50 and coming from 78 different countries.

This lucky couple, who donated $100 to the campaign, won the drawing:

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