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Official White House Response to Investigate Jimmy Kimmel Kid's Table Government Shutdown Show on ABC Network
This response was published on January 10, 2014.

What We Have to Say About Jimmy Kimmel

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. You can find more about Jimmy Kimmel's apology here, and ABC's apology here.

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 The FCC is an independent agency that regulates the airwaves without input or consideration from the White House.

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