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This July 25, 2012 photo released by ABC shows Jimmy Kimmel hosting his late night show "Jimmy Kimmel Live," in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. ABC says it's moving "Jimmy Kimmel Live" into the thick of the late-night fight against Jay Leno and David Letterman. Starting in January, Kimmel's talk show will take over the 11:35 p.m. time slot long held by the news magazine "Nightline," ABC said Tuesday, Aug. 21. (AP Photo/ABC, Richard Cartwright)

White House weighs in on Jimmy Kimmel China controversy

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has weighed in on a petition calling for the government to crack down on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," a television talk show that sparked a furor in China in October with a joke about killing Chinese people to avoid paying down U.S. debt to the country.

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