WASHINGTON-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 US debt to the country.

More than 105,000 people signed on to a White House petition calling for an apology after the show, broadcast on ABC, included a segment where Kimmel asked a group of children how the United States should pay back the $1.3 trillion it owes to China, the world’s second-largest economy. A 6-year-old said, ‘Kill everyone in China.’ Kimmel replied: ‘That’s an interesting idea.’