WASHINGTON – 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 China.
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.
‘Breaking Bad’ spinoff in fall
Walter White’s lawyer is returning to Albuquerque, N.M.
AMC announced this week that the Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, will premiere in November, but no specific date has been released.
The series will follow sleazy attorney Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, as he defends drug lords, criminals and those allegedly injured in minor traffic accidents.
The network has already created a website for the fiction lawyer, with Saul Goodman’s signature videos boasting how he can get anyone out of legal trouble. The website includes testimonies from a drug dealer and prostitute who tell potential clients how he got them out of jail.
– Associated Press