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Hundreds protest against Jimmy Kimmel's "Kid's Table" sketch

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PHOENIX -

He's a popular comedian and TV host, but some people aren't laughing at a joke made on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last month.

They organized a protest on Saturday that took place in 27 cities, including Phoenix.

About 100 people protested in Phoenix, demanding Jimmy Kimmel be fired -- not for what he said on the show, but for what a young boy said on the show a few weeks ago.  In a skit, the boy jokingly suggests killing everyone in China.

"I cared little about Jimmy Kimmel or his show before, but I think how he made his name in the Chinese community, but not in a very smart way," said Min Tao.

It all stems from a skit on Kimmel's show called, "Kid's Table."

Kimmel asks four kids how they would solve the United State's trillion dollar debt to China.  One child's answer was to kill everyone in China.

"I watch the video clip online again and again and every time, it makes my heart sink deeper and deeper," said Tao.

Demonstrators in Phoenix held signs reading "Teach kids not to kill," trying to send a message to Kimmel's network.

ABC issued an apology, saying in part:

"We offer our sincere apology. We would never purposefully broadcast anything to upset the Chinese community, Asian community, anyone of Chinese descent or any community at large. Our objective is to entertain."

The company also removed the skit from any rebroadcasting of the show. 

In the original program, Kimmel plays it all off as a joke -- even later asking the children, "Should we allow the Chinese to live?"

"When these kind of comments are promoted as jokes on TV, I imagine it will be tougher for Asian American kids in the school today and four, five years later.. if we just let go of this issue today, it will be just tougher for them," said Tao.

Now President Obama could be giving his opinion on the whole situation.  That's because the President has an online initiative -- where people petition the administration for comment.  So far more than 100,000 people have signed a petition asking the President to comment on the joke.

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