Jimmy Kimmel has spoken to protesters in person after he enraged them with "Kill Everyone in China" joke in an earlier episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!". On Wednesday, October 30, he spoke to a small group of protesters who were allowed inside the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood where the talk show is filmed. "I feel like we made a mistake putting it on the air," he told the small group.
The comedian later stepped outside to apologize to the crowd holding the signs which read, "Fire Jimmy Kimmel," and, "[Jimmy Kimmel] Promote racial genocide." "I did not mean to upset you," he said, before adding, "I feel bad you did not take it as a joke." He also promised that it would never happen again.
The controversial joke was featured in a skit aired on October 16. During "Kids Table" panel, a boy blurted out, "Kill everyone in China," when Kimmel asked how America should pay their big debt to China.
ABC released a statement to "offer our sincere apology" for allowing the insensitive joke to air on its late-night show, ensuring that they would remove the comment from all media platforms and promising to "edit it out of any future airing of the show." Kimmel also took to his show on Monday to express his remorse.