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Kimmel to Make Amends in Detroit

September 22, 2005

DETROIT (AP) _ Jimmy Kimmel, the late-night TV host who said Detroit would burn if the Pistons won the 2004 NBA championship, is bringing his show to the Michigan city.

ABC plans to broadcast ``Jimmy Kimmel Live″ from downtown Detroit’s Gem Theater during the week before the Super Bowl, set for Feb. 5 at Ford Field, said theater General Manager Jim Forbes.

Kimmel apologized soon after making the remark in a TV interview during halftime of Game 2 of the 2004 NBA Finals between the Pistons and the Los Angeles Lakers.

ABC spokeswoman Annie Fort refused to comment Tuesday on Kimmel’s plans, but told The Detroit News that Kimmel’s show aired live from the 2004 Super Bowl in Houston.

Kimmel was talking to ABC sportscaster Mike Tirico on June 8 when he said, ``They’re going to burn the city of Detroit down if the Pistons win, and it’s not worth it.″

In his apology, Kimmel said, ``What I said about Pistons fans during halftime was a joke, nothing more. If I offended anyone, I’m sorry. Clearly, over the past 10 years, we in L.A. have taken a commanding lead in post-game riots. If the Lakers win, I plan to overturn my own car.″


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