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ABC apologizes for child’s joke on Kimmel’s show

October 29, 2013
This July 3, 2013 photo released by ABC shows Jimmy Kimmel on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" ABC's late-night host conducted what is becoming an annual prank during the past week, encouraging parents to tell their children that they had eaten all of their Halloween candy, film the response and upload the video so he can show them on his TV show and on YouTube. Since starting the feature in 2011, Kimmel's show said the post-Halloween videos have been viewed more than 106 million times online. (AP Photo/ABC, Randy Holmes, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — ABC is apologizing for a segment of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in which a child joked about killing Chinese people to help erase the U.S. debt.

The boy’s unscripted comment came during a comedy bit in which youngsters commented on news events. The skit, aimed at poking fun at childish politicians, aired last week on Kimmel’s late-night talk show.

ABC’s apology came in response to a complaint from a group called 80-20, which identifies itself as a pan-Asian-American political organization.

In an Oct. 25 letter to the group, ABC said it would never purposefully do anything to upset the Chinese, Asian or other communities. The network says the skit will be edited out of the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” episode for future airings or any other distribution, including online.

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