Jimmy Kimmel Apologizes to Protesters Over 'Kill Everyone in China' Joke
Protesters from a pan-Asian-American group called for ABC to fire the late-night host after his controversial Oct. 16 segment.
Jimmy Kimmel has apologized a second time for his controversial "Kill Everyone in China" segment, this time to a group of protesters who set up shop in front of the Hollywood studio where the series is taped who called on ABC to fire the late-night host.
Members from the pan-Asian-American political group 80-20 took to Hollywood Boulevard in front of the El Capitan Theatre where Kimmel tapes Jimmy Kimmel Live! brandishing picket signs comparing the late-night host to Hitler in response to his Oct. 16 segment.
"If I upset you, I'm very, very sorry," Kimmel told the assembled crowd Wednesday. After meeting with members inside the studio, he ventured outside and addressed protesters. "I come to you with nothing but love in my heart," he said. "I’m a comedian, I was trying to make people laugh, I'm sorry that I did it."
The bit at the center of the flap came during segment in which kids comments on news events in a sketch designed to poke fun at childish politicians. ABC apologized in an Oct. 25 letter to the group that it would never do anything to upset the Chinese, Asian or other communities and that the skit will be edited out for future airings, including online.
Watch Kimmel's apology, below.