Texas TV station apologizes for interrupting Jimmy Kimmel monologue about Uvalde shooting
Jimmy Kimmel has accepted a Dallas TV station's apology and explanation for cutting short the monologue on his eponymous late-night show Wednesday, during which he spoke passionately about the deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Tex.
Local ABC affiliate WFAA issued an apology early Thursday "for technical difficulties that interrupted Wednesday's [episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live] at multiple points, including during his monologue on gun control."
According to an article posted on the WFAA website, the technical error was caused by an automated system that triggers commercials, which kicked in after the station had extended its 10 p.m. newscast for coverage of the shooting.
The explanation satisfied Kimmel, who tweeted in response, "I've known the staff at @wfaa personally and professionally for almost 20 years and believe this mistake was made unintentionally. Thanks for reposting and for correcting this error. Sending love to all my friends in Texas."
In Kimmel's emotional monologue, he addressed Republican legislators in Texas through tears, asking them to "admit you made a mistake when your mistake is killing the children in your state."
He added, "I say this tonight not with an expectation, but with the hope, that people like Ted Cruz, John Abbott, and John Cornyn, people who were elected by Texans, will actually listen to it."
Watch Kimmel's full monologue above.