ABC yanked Wednesday's edition of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (search) when network officials objected to comments Kimmel made during a taping of that day's show.
They were also upset over jokes Kimmel made earlier this week about how the city of Detroit might riot if the Pistons win the NBA Championship this year.
A repeat of Kimmel's show aired in New York Wednesday night, while ABC subbed an episode of "The Wayne Brady Show" (search) in Detroit.
ABC officials wouldn't divulge what Kimmel said during Wednesday's taping, but his woes really began Tuesday when he was doing a live, halftime plug for his show during Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Detroit Pistons (search) and the Los Angeles Lakers (search).
Kimmel joked that ". . . they're gonna burn the city of Detroit down if the Pistons win, and it's not worth it."
Grace Gilchrist, the general manager of Detroit's ABC affiliate, WXYZ, just happened to be in L.A. at the time meeting with top ABC brass — and blasted Kimmel, hinting he might be the target of punitive action by the station.
"We are pretty livid about the entire situation," Andrea Parquet-Taylor, the affiliate's news director, told The Detroit News.
"Grace gave them an earful. We think that there is a lot of discussion about how Jimmy Kimmel has jeopardized his right to [be telecast in Detroit]," Taylor said.
ABC officials declined to make Kimmel available for interviews yesterday, but he apologized for the Detroit remarks in a statement.
"When you're 2,000 miles away from a city you've never lived in, it's hard to understand the sadness people feel from something that happened in their town — even if it happened many years ago," he said, referring to the explosive 1967 Detroit race riots.
"It was never my intention to cause anyone pain. I was trying to make a joke, and I'm sorry it resulted in anything other than laughter." Kimmel had issued an earlier apology to the people of Detroit.
"What I said about Pistons fans during halftime [Tuesday] was a joke, nothing more," he said.
"Clearly, over the past 10 years, we in L.A. have taken a commanding lead in post-game riots. If the Lakers win, I plan to overturn my own car."
"Jimmy Kimmel Live," which until last April had almost always aired live, is now pre-taped — so that ABC execs can vet each episode before it airs at 12:05 a.m.