Jimmy Kimmel Hits Season High & Tops Late Night With ‘Scandal’ Finale Show

KIMMEL RHIMES APRIL 17 2Over at ABC‘s Jimmy Kimmel Live this morning they’re likely celebrating with two words: “Scandal!” & “Victory!” For the first time since Jimmy Fallon took over The Tonight Show this year, the other Jimmy was the King of Late Night thanks to his Scandal Season 3 finale-themed show — though NBC’s and CBS’ late-night shows were repeats. In metered-market household results, Kimmel drew a season-high 3.4/8 rating. That beat The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’s 2.1/5 and David Letterman‘s repeat which drew a 2.1/5.  Among adults 18-49 in the 25 LPM market ratings, Kimmel had a 1.4/6 to Fallon’s 0.8/4 and Letterman’s 0.4/2. Last night’s Tonight Show replayed its February 20th show with First Lady Michelle Obama and Will Ferrell as guests. Other than Thursday’s show, JKL has been in repeats all this week. Last night’s result is actually the best JKL has done since the show’s move to 11:35 PM in January 2013.

Related: ‘Scandal’ Finale: Shonda Rhimes On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

Last night’s “Behind The Scandalabra” broadcast, featuring an interview from the Scandal set with the creator of the politically themed soap Shonda Rhimes, did 36% better than Kimmel did last week. On April 10, the ABC host pulled in a 2.5/6 rating in metered-market household results. Fallon’s April 10 show got a 2.9/7 result in the 56 metered markets. Last week’s Late Show was an encore delayed by coverage of The Masters golf tournament and drew a 1.6/4. Read More »

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UPDATE: ‘Scandal’ Finale: Shonda Rhimes On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ (Video)

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 10:29pm PDT

ScandalabraUPDATED WITH VIDEO: Jimmy Kimmel gamely interviewed Shonda Rhimes — “the woman whose brain gave birth” to ABC’s primetime soap Scandal – in a full episode of  Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight, while viewers attempted to recover from the dizzying Scandal season finale. Chatting with Rhimes on the show set, Kimmel noted the season wrapper was really about three finales’ worth of action. “I always want to make the show something you can’t do other stuff while it’s on…You can’t fold laundry, you can’t yell at your husband,” Rhimes explained. Kimmel said that was noble of her. And so, the night wore on, kimmelLogoShonda calmly declining to cough up any dirt about future plans for the show, Kimmel trying to liven things up by noting the conference table at which they were seated was the one on which two of the show’s characters had sex in the finale and hoping someone had cleaned it before this interview.

Related: Kimmel Hits Season High & Tops Late Night With ‘Scandal’ Finale Show

“You know I can’t tell you whether or not he’s dead,” Rhimes said when asked about the fate of Columbus Short’s character, who was last seen at B613 with a gun to his head. Short made his own headlines this week when his wife accused him of threatening to kill her and himself with a knife. There had been speculation that he may be gone from Scandal.

Rhimes did tell a story about the time she could not make up her mind whether Scott Foley’s Jake Ballard should become POTUS’ new running mate — or head of a covert CIA operation — deciding to shoot it both ways and look at the footage to see which storyline “feels stupid’ and which “feels good.” Extra points if you went with “Veep” for Feels Stupid. Assisting Kimmel greatly in the Liven Things Up category were the actors of Scandal, who performed most of the parts in Kimmel’s Spanish-language spinoff Escandalo, which created the strong impression the ensemble cast of this drama was born to make single-camera comedy.

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Jimmy Kimmel To Interview Shonda Rhimes After ‘Scandal’ Finale In Special Edition of ‘JKL’

By | Friday April 11, 2014 @ 11:52am PDT

JimmyKimmelABC‘s Jimmy Kimmel Live will be in repeats all next week — except Thursday, when he will interview Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes from the set of her show in what’s being billed as a Jimmy Kimmel Live: Read More »

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Bill Clinton To Make ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Debut Next Week, Returning A Favor

By | Friday March 28, 2014 @ 9:28am PDT

Bill Clinton Visits BelfastLooks like it’s a sweet quid pro quo for Jimmy Kimmel with former President Bill Clinton set to appear on the ABC host’s late night show on April 2. While he’s no stranger to the talk … Read More »

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Jimmy Fallon Continues To Rule Late-Night; Travel And ‘Trouble’ Become Jimmy Kimmel

Tonight Show Jimmy Fallon logoNBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon continues to handily dominate late-night in overall audience, last week clocking 4.26 million viewers to Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s 2.83 million on ABC and David Letterman’s 2.78 million on CBS. In the demo, Fallon (1.32/6) beat Kimmel and Dave combined (0.76/3 and 0.55/2, respectively). Fallon hung on to 99% of his previous week’s demo and was up 81% compared to same week last year when Leno was hosting and was No. 1 and doing just fine in the ratings. That’s good news for Tonight Show as it’s still seeking its new normal, four weeks into its new era with new host Fallon. Under the heading “Not So Good”:  Fallon’s 1.32 demo rating came in short of Conan O’Brien’s Week 4 demo rating of 1.4; Fallon’s overall crowd is about 569,000 viewers ahead of Conan’s Week 4.

Kimmel EsquireKimmel put up a stiff fight for the spotlight last week, broadcasting from Austin to coincide with SXSW. That was followed by the release of the latest Esquire magazine, in which Kimmel is featured as “Mr. James Kimmel, Troublemaker.” While in Austin, Kimmel logged a third consecutive week of growth in total viewers (2.830 million vs. 2.744 million the previous week) and the demo (0.76 compared to previous week’s 0.73) which are his best stats since November. Kimmel’s camp noted JKL clocked gains over the same week last year, though same week last year Kimmel was not only not traveling — viewers love traveling late-night hosts — he was in repeats.  Kimmel also aired an original on Friday last week — a night on which he often airs encores. It was, in fact, the first Friday that Kimmel’s show has aired an original since Fallon debuted as Tonight Show host the week of  February 17.   “JKL’s” final telecast from Austin on Friday, featuring Willie Nelson, Lil Wayne and Los Lonely Boys, snagged 3.457 million viewers — its third most-watched broadcast ever, behind only the Matt Damon takeover episode on January 24 of ’13 and the return of ‘Scandal Thursdays’ this past February 27. Read More »

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ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ Wins Big With Oscars While ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Enjoys Oscar Glow But Can’t Outshine ‘Tonight Show’

ABC’s Good Morning America – one of this year’s biggest Oscar winners.the-academy-oscars-new-logo-1 The morning infotainment program enjoyed its biggest overall audience — 6.3 million viewers – at least since Nielsen’s electronic records debuted in 1991, and outperformed NBC’s Today by nearly 1 million viewers for the week immediately following the network’s Academy Awards broadcast.  GMA’s news demo haul of 261,000 viewers for the week of March 3 is its best delivery in eight years, handing the show its biggest weekly demo lead over Today in 10 weeks.

Related: ‘Ellen’ Breaks Ratings Records With Post-Oscar Show: Video

JimmyKimmelABC’s late-night show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, also got an Oscar shot in the arm — posting a 14-week high in overall audience and an 11-week best in the demo, while NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon came down week-to-week in the demo as that program finds its new normal with Fallon as host. That said, Fallon’s overall crowd of 4.537 million for the week handily beat Kimmel’s 2.744 million and CBS host David Letterman’s 2.761 million. In the demo, the Tonight Show not only topped JKL it beat its ABC and CBS rivals combined. Read More »

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Jimmy Fallon Had Good Week In Fight With Jimmy Kimmel For YouTube Loyalty

By | Tuesday March 11, 2014 @ 5:29pm PDT

jimmy-fallon-vs-jimmy-kimmel-650If you’re the sort who makes his living swimming in the social-media sea like I do, one form of sport these days is the online battles between big shows to grab fan mindshare and loyalty from each other — particularly as the networks slowly begin to understand that this stuff can make a difference. And nowhere are those battles more starkly direct and entertaining than in late-night, where each talk show has a big team of social-media specialists culling potentially viral bits from the day’s program and sprinkling them across the web. The battle has become particularly stout between Jimmy Fallon‘s online team at The Tonight Show and the Jimmy Kimmel Live crew.

Related: Jimmy Fallon Seizing Social Media Ahead Of ‘Tonight Show’ Takeover

Both shows have had big lead-ins recently (the Winter Olympics in Fallon’s first days; ABC’s Oscars on March 2, when Kimmel went live on the East Coast right after the awards show ended). But the crucial bit is not the audience you’re bequeathed, but the one you build. According to data from RelishMIX, which tracks fan engagement for TV shows and movies across, particularly, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, no one’s building better right now than Fallon. Overall, from March 3-March 10, Fallon’s YouTube videos were watched nearly four times as often as Kimmel’s, 27.5 million to 7.6 million. That’s a margin. Right now, Kimmel still leads Fallon in total YouTube subscribers, about 3 million to less than 2.7 million. Then again, Kimmel’s been at it for a while; Fallon took over the Tonight Show social media outlets barely a month ago.

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Arsenio Hall And Prince Tie Jimmy Kimmel In Demo

By | Thursday March 6, 2014 @ 11:56am PST

Prince ArsenioArsenio Hall‘s syndicated show, with guest/musical performer Prince, snagged a 1.4/3 in the overnights — a 56% jump compared to its February sweep average. In the demo, The Arsenio Hall Show jumped 50% to a 0.6/2, which put it in a tie with Jimmy Kimmel Live! (0.6/3) and bested Conan (0.4/1), Chelsea Lately (0.2/1) and others in the demo. On the rare television appearance (he recently appeared as himself in Fox’s post-Super Bowl episode of New Girl), Prince performed a new tune, “Funknroll,” and took questions from the audience. Prince also performed the vintage  track “She’s Always In My Hair” and premiered new song “Mutiny” with his group 3RDEYEGIRL joining him, The New Power Generation and a 30-piece band onstage. Read More »

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The Two Jimmys Battle For America’s Late-Night Viewing Habit

LisaColumn__131015210634-275x198Weekly Column: Three weeks into the post-Jay Leno Tonight Show era, his replacement Jimmy Fallon is still the frontrunner, though his margins have shrunk, his ABC competitor Jimmy Kimmel has regained ground he lost temporarily during Fallon’s highly hyped first week with a Sochi Olympics lead-in. Now the two Jimmys are settling in for the long haul, as they wrestle over America’s late-night viewing habit.

All eyes were on Fallon when he kicked off his Tonight tenure during the second Monday of NBC’s Olympics coverage, with a star-studded week that included guests Will Smith, Fallon monologueU2, Jerry Seinfeld, Lady Gaga, the First Lady, and Justin Timberlake. More than 11 million viewers listened as Fallon asked that they give him time to get it right. And, over the course of that first week, with DVR-watchers factored in, Fallon drew the biggest weekly audience Tonight had enjoyed since Johnny Carson signed off after 30 years in 1992 — an average of 10.42 million viewers. Those viewers, NBC noted, had the youngest median age of any weekly crowd for any of the broadcast TV 11:35 PM talk shows this season: 52.6 years.

Then the honeymoon was over.

In Fallon’s Week 2, headline writers turned their attention to ABC’s Kimmel and the ninth iteration of his much-ballyhooed, even more celeb-studded post-Oscar show, which jumped 22% in total viewers year-to-year to nab nearly 7 million viewers. It was the ABC late-night program’s largest-ever overall audience for any single-day telecast in either late-night or primetime and up 20% in the demo, to reach 2.423 million. In each of the country’s Top 3 markets – New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago – Kimmel’s show coming out of the most-watched Oscarcast in a decade outperformed both the final Tonight broadcast with Leno and the first Tonight with Fallon, in households and in the demo.

KimmelFordKimmel followed this up the very next night with what members of the media regarded as the Holy Grail of late-night bookings — Toronto’s wildly unpredictable, much-memed Mayor Rob Ford. This past Monday, Kimmel mopped sweat from Ford’s brow, and suggested the mayor might want to get some help if he does in fact have a drinking problem, which Ford laughed off, saying he “wasn’t elected to be perfect” and that he is “just a normal average, hardworking politician.”  To which Kimmel respectfully insisted Ford is not only not average, “you are the most wonderful mayor I’ve ever witnessed.” And, while final stats for Monday’s sit-down aren’t available yet, Jimmy Kimmel Live that night achieved a 2.5/6 in metered market homes, jumping 19% (and 50% in the demo) from the prior Monday, to land in his nearest competitive position on a Monday yet against Fallon. That said, Fallon still topped Kimmel by 68% in metered market households and by 89% in demo ratings in the 25 LPM markets, with his former Saturday Night Live Weekend Update co-anchor Tina Fey as guest. (Kimmel’s Oscar surge appeared to have fizzled by Tuesday night where, in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, JKL fell to a 1.7/5 — well behind Fallon’s 3.5/9 — though ABC’s new 10 PM series Mind Games, with its 0.6 demo rating and its 2, 2.120 million viewers, may have contributed.) Read More »

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‘Kimmel’ Ratings Rise As Fallon Slips; ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ Falls From Debut

KimmelFordThe beginning of the third week of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon saw the NBC host dip while his ABC  rival Jimmy Kimmel Live! shot up. In metered markets results, Kimmel drew a 2.5/6 rating last night compared to Fallon’s 4.2/11. While the NBC show was No. 1 in the 11:35 PM slot, Kimmel’s results mark a 19% rise over last Monday’s 2.1/6 and the best the ABC show has done on a Monday against Fallon since he took over The Tonight Show on February 17. With NBC’s powerful primetime of The Voice and The Blacklist helping to lead him in, the first show of Fallon’s third week hosting The Tonight Show slipped 6% from February 24’s 4.5/12 MM rating.  Still Fallon’s show last night was ahead of the 2.9/7 that Conan O’Brien got for the first show of his third week hosting Tonight on June 15, 2009. Last night’s Tonight Show also topped the 3.6/9 that Jay Leno pulled on the comparable night of his 2010 return to the late night franchise on March 15 that year.

Related: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford To Guest On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

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Jimmy Kimmel Gives Viral YouTube Videos Hollywood Treatment On Post-Oscar Show

By | Sunday March 2, 2014 @ 11:39pm PST
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As he does every year, Jimmy Kimmel debuted silly, star-studded fake movie trailers on his show following the Oscars. This time, they were inspired by viral YouTube videos. Here are two of them. Bitman Begins, based on the family video Charlie Bit My Finger, in which an infant boy bites his toddler brother’s finger, features Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep as well as real life brothers Chris Hemsworth and Liam Hemsworth. The trippy Ameowdeus, a take on Keyboard Cat, Hamster on a Piano and Dramatic Chipmunk, stars Kevin Spacey, Christoph Waltz, Gary Oldman, Ben Kingsley, Abbie Cornish and Mandy Patinkin.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford To Guest On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

By | Saturday March 1, 2014 @ 6:42pm PST

Rob Ford Jimmy KimmelEmbattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford arrived in Los Angeles today and was greeted by ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel, who announced that Ford will be a guest on his Jimmy Read More »

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UPDATE: Spanish-Language ‘Scandal’ Spoof On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ To Become Series

By | Friday February 28, 2014 @ 1:16pm PST
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escandalo1UPDATE 1:15 PM: Following the success last night of Escandalo, a Spanish-language “version” of hit ABC drama Scandal on Jimmy Kimmel Live, I’ve learned that the spoof is being turned into a series, with three more episodes slated to … Read More »

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‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ Falls Below Fallon 2009 For First Time, ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ Tightens Race With ‘Tonight Show’

Late Night with Seth Meyers - Season 1With Lena Dunham as the main guest, it was literally Girls night on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers on the fourth night of the former SNL anchor’s launch as host. The show drew a 1.7/6 in metered-market ratings, down for the first time from what Jimmy Fallon pulled in during his comparable Late Night premiere week in 2009. Fallon was 17% better on March 5, 2009, drawing a 2.0/7 in metered-markets results with a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.128 million viewers. Fallon’s fourth night hosting Late Night actually saw a rise from the 1.8 metered-market result of his third night as well as the 0.7 rating in the key market and the audience of 1.897 million. Meyers had been ahead of Fallon’s results all week in terms of metered-market ratings, and the former SNLers have been reasonably close among 18-49 results with the two Late Nights basically on par on their respective second nights. Anthony Mackie, who plays the Falcon in Disney/Marvel’s upcoming Captain America sequel, and John Mayer were the other guests on Thursday’s Late Night.

Related: ‘Late Night’s Third Night Up Strong From Fallon 2009; ‘Tonight Show’ On Par With Conan 2009

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, in the fourth show of its second week, pulled a 3.5/9 in metered-markets results. That’s a drop of 16% from the 4.2/11 MM result from the night before. Last night also saw Fallon’s 11:35 PM rivals closing in after a week and a half of being far behind: Late Night With David Letterman got a 2.4/6 while Jimmy Kimmel Live had a 3.0/6. With Kerry Washington, whose Scandal had its season premiere earlier in the night, as its main guest, ABC’s late-night show hit season high in metered-market ratings with a 43% surge upwards from its February 26 result.

(UPDATE, 10:42 AM: The late night fast nationals are in and it’s pretty much the same landscape as the metered-markets earlier this morning.  Late Night With Seth Meyers had 0.7 ratings among adults 18-49 and 1.962 million viewers. That’s his lowest result of the debut week so far and is a bit behind the 0.8 rating and 2.128 million viewers that Jimmy Fallon had on his fourth night hosting Late Night on March 5, 2009.
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UPDATE: Charlie Sheen Apologizes To Ashton Kutcher Via Twitter — Then Threatens Great Bodily Harm (Video)

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 2:25pm PST

UPDATE, 2:45 PM: Well, Charlie Sheen has (heh) apologized for the evil of his ways. But then the contrite mood lifted, and the old Sheen resurfaced. Check out his first Twitter response to Ashton Kutcher, followed by a tweet from awhile later with a mild shift in tone:… Read More »

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UPDATE: White House Finally Weighs In On Petition Over ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ China Segment: “The Federal Government Cannot Force ABC To Remove This Show”

By | Friday January 10, 2014 @ 9:07pm PST

UPDATED, 9:06 PM: It took nearly three months — and it happened late on a Friday night — but the Obama administration has responded to the controversy that erupted from an October 16 segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live   in which a child giggled during a taped interview that the way to deal with the country’s debt to China was to kill everyone in China.  White House reminded everyone that a 6-year-old’s response to the question of how the U.S. should repay its $1.3 trillion debt to China is protected free speech. Here’s the official White House response to the petition; video of the segment is below:

Thank you for your petition. Your petition requested an apology from those involved, and to “cut the show.”

The parties involved have already apologized independently. Jimmy Kimmel has apologized on-air, and issued a written apology. ABC has removed the skit from future broadcasts, taken the clip down from online platforms, and detailed several changes in its programming review process in response to this incident. …

On a broader level, as the President has stated publicly, the United States welcomes the continuing peaceful rise of China. The comments you are writing about do not reflect mainstream views of China in the United States.

The Federal government cannot force ABC to remove this show. The First Amendment of the Constitution protects free speech, even if individuals might personally find it offensive or distasteful. It may be upsetting when people say things we might personally disagree with, but the principle of protected free speech is an important part of who we are as a nation.

If you think this issue merits additional scrutiny, you may file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission by visiting FCC.gov/Complaints. The FCC is an independent agency that regulates the airwaves without input or consideration from the White House.

PREVIOUSLY, November 7: The White House will weigh in on one of Jimmy Kimmel Live’s Kids Table segments, after a petition protesting that broadcast logged the required 100,000 signatures within 30 days. The petition was started after the October 16 broadcast of the ABC late night show featured Kimmel asking a group of precocious well-dressed kids about this and that, including how to spell Barack Obama. Kids Table segments routinely feature Kimmel getting unscripted responses from kids to issues of the day. Big question of that day: how to repay the $1.3 trillion the U.S. owes China. “Kill everyone in China,” giggled a little boy named Braxton.

Related: ABC Apologizes For 6-Year-Old’s Crack About China On ‘Kimmel’
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Year-End Late-Night TV: ‘Tonight’s Move To NY May Give NBC More Clout With Talent, But Digital May Make Booking War Obsolete

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YearEnd2013_badge__131227212819__131230220451The year 2013 will go down as a big one for late-night TV, and not because Saturday Night Live was shamed into hiring a black woman for its cast – though that was pretty big. Decades from now, in Theory and Practice of Post-11 PM Programming classes at USC and NYU, aspiring network execs will study 2013 as the year NBC decided to move The Tonight Show back to New York. After months of speculation, a slew of news stories, a handful of NBC denials, a ton of late-night jokes, and one Jay Leno-Jimmy Fallon duet, NBC announced in April it had set a date for Leno’s latest departure from Tonight, and officially named Fallon his latest replacement, adding that The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will be based in New York City, where the long-running franchise originated.

Tonight’s return to New York drastically changes the late-night landscape. With Tonight at 30 Rock, Lorne Michaels for the first time will have charge of the network’s flagship late-night show as well as Saturday Night Live and Late Night – which SNL alum Seth Meyers will host — and can orchestrate an “event” for a guest across all three programs. nbc4NBC can also throw in a Today appearance; it’s also housed at 30 Rock. Lorne Michaels Packaging already has been in effect across the other two NBC late-night programs, say industry navel gazers who note how many SNL guests this season also appeared on Fallon’s Late Night. “It’s pretty much been 100% over the last year and a half,” insisted one. “Now he’ll have more power because [Fallon] will be in a better time slot. You’re talking about somebody who has a big series of stages” to offer, the pundit said.

NBC Broadcast chairman Ted Harbert says the network is working to streamline guest booking across its various celebrity-centric New York-based shows which, starting in the fall, will include a Meredith Vieira daytime talk show. “Every single person selling something comes to New York – it’s part of the swing,” he said. “I don’t think you’ll find anybody who only does late-night in Los Angeles and that’s their promotional tour.”

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Chinese Foreign Ministry Tells ABC To Respond To Protesters’ “Reasonable Demands” Over Jimmy Kimmel Comedy Bit

By | Monday November 11, 2013 @ 10:58am PST

Now the Chinese Foreign Ministry has weighed in on the Jimmy Kimmel Live’s Kids Table controversy, telling ABC it needs to “face its mistakes head on and respond with a sincere attitude to the … Read More »

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ABC Apologizes For 6-Year-Old’s Crack About China On ‘Jimmy Kimmel’: Video

By | Monday October 28, 2013 @ 7:28pm PDT

Kids say the darndest things. And sometimes they’re enough to cause an international TV incident. ABC has issued a formal apology after a boy suggested during a Jimmy Kimmel Live skit that the way to retire the U.S.’ debt to a particular country was to “kill all the people in China.” That didn’t sit well with the 80-20 Inititave, a web-based group that promotes equal opportunity for Asian Americans. In a letter to the organization, ABC apologized and said the skit will be cut from future airings of the show on all platforms. “We would never purposefully broadcast anything to upset the Chinese community, Asian community, anyone of Chinese descent or any community at large,” ABC said. The 6-year-old’s unscripted comment came during an October 16 sketch called “Kids Table” in which youngsters opine on big news topics of the day. After Kimmel told the pint-sized panel that Uncle Sam owes China $1.3 trillion, he asked, “How should we pay them back?” One precocious lad replied with a grin, “Kill all the people in China.” Ugh. Here’s the video. The network’s full statement is after the jump:

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