ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel deleted a video from one of his televised segments Wednesday night after receiving backlash for being blatantly incorrect about a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule.
In the segment, Kimmel claimed the new FCC plan forces U.S. citizens to pay a $225 fine for simply filing a complaint.
“The FCC is considering a plan that would require U.S. citizens to pay $225 to make a complaint. So, if you’re mad about how high your cable bill is, soon you can pay the government $225 to complain about it,” he said.
Kimmel went on to use the misinformation to bash the Trump administration.
“Boy they really have the fingers on the pulse of us, don’t they? It’s shameless, really. Time and time again this administration, they side with the big corporations over people,” he continued.
He then attempted to get a laugh out of the issue in a new edition of his segment called, “Barista Theatre,” where this time, he satirized the idea of paying for a complaint at a fake coffee shop.
The facts, which are contrary to Kimmel’s claims, show that there is no charge for an informal complaint through the FCC.
A formal complaint can be filed if one is unsatisfied with the response to their informal complaint.
Here's where Kimmel appears to have been mislead. The FCC charges $225 for a formal complaint, which had been their official policy prior to the new proposed language that Kimmel is referring to in his segment. The FCC explains the cost as a sort of court-like fee.
The new policy changes would have no effect on the formal complaint charges.
Kimmel deleted the video of the FCC segment from his Twitter and Youtube channel.
The Daily Caller captured the deleted footage here.