Comedian's joke about killing Chinese went too far

A skit on Jimmy Kimmel will be edited after complaints about a joke about killing Chinese. Photo / AP
A skit on Jimmy Kimmel will be edited after complaints about a joke about killing Chinese. Photo / AP

American network ABC is apologising for a segment of Jimmy Kimmel Live in which a child joked about killing Chinese people to help erase the US debt.

The boy's unscripted comment came during a comedy bit in which youngsters commented on news events.

The skit, aimed at poking fun at childish politicians, aired last week on Kimmel's late-night talk show.

ABC's apology came in response to a complaint from a group called 80-20, which identifies itself as a pan-Asian-American political organisation.

In an October 25 letter to the group, ABC said it would never purposefully do anything to upset the Chinese, Asian or other communities.

The network says the skit will be edited out of the Jimmy Kimmel Live episode for future airings or any other distribution, including online.

- AP

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