White House: Gov't can't force Kimmel off air

White House: Gov't can't force Kimmel off air

Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Television personality Jimmy Kimmel attends the LACMA 2013 Art + Film Gala honoring Martin Scorsese and David Hockney presented by Gucci at LACMA on November 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Print
Email
|

by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 9:39 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House has responded to a petition calling for an apology and the removal of Jimmy Kimmel's television show by saying the comedian can't be forced off the air.
 
More than 105,000 people signed the petition on the White House website. It followed an October broadcast of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" featuring a segment in which Kimmel spoke to young children about U.S. government debt owed to China.
 
One boy said "kill everyone in China" when Kimmel asked how the U.S. should repay the Asian power.
 
In its response, the White House noted that ABC and Kimmel have apologized, and that the network has removed the segment from future broadcasts and its online platforms.
 
The White House also noted that the Constitution protects free speech, even when it's offensive.
 

Print
Email
|