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White House weighs in on Jimmy Kimmel China controversy

Published on Jan 11, 2014 11:51 AM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The White House has weighed in on a petition calling for the government to crack down on"Jimmy Kimmel Live", a television talk show that sparked a furor in China in October with a joke about killing Chinese people to avoid paying down US debt to the country.

More than 105,000 people signed on to a White House petition calling for an apology after the show, broadcast on ABC, included a segment where Kimmel asked a group of children how the United States should pay back the US$1.3 trillion (S$1.65 trillion) it owes to China, the world's second-largest economy.

A 6-year-old said: "Kill everyone in China." Kimmel replied:"That's an interesting idea."

Afterwards, Chinese-American groups protested outside the California headquarters of ABC, which is owned by Walt Disney Co , and the Chinese Foreign Ministry complained. ABC and Kimmel apologised for the segment.

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