Jimmy Kimmel Brings Son Billy to Work After His Heart Surgery (UPDATE)
UPDATE (12/12/17 at 9:48 a.m. ET):
Jimmy Kimmel returned to work on Monday, December 11 and brought a very special guest — his 7-month-old son Billy!
The host was out last week after his little guy underwent his second heart surgery, but he’s doing great now.
“I was out last week — because this guy had heart surgery. But look he’s fine everybody, he may have pooped but he’s fine,” the father of four shared.
“Daddy cries on TV but Billy doesn’t. It’s unbelievable.”
The 50-year-old also shared Billy just has one more surgery left.
“This is amazing — he had an operation a week ago. They say he’ll probably on track to win at least a bronze medal at the Olympics in 2036.”
Click on to learn more about his surgery.
Original story (12/5/17 at 10:09 a.m. ET):
Good news for Jimmy Kimmel!
The late night host’s son, Billy, had his second heart surgery earlier this week and all went well.
ABC announced the little guy’s surgery and revealed the celebrity guest hosts who would be filling in for the comedian.
“Jimmy’s son Billy had a scheduled and successful heart surgery this morning,” they said in a statement on Monday, December 4.
The 50-year-old is spending time with his family while his son recovers.
Filling in for the father of four this week is Chris Pratt, Tracee Ellis Ross, Neil Patrick Harris, and Melissa McCarthy.
Billy first underwent open-heart surgery after Jimmy’s wife, Molly McNeary, gave birth to their son in April.
He then opened up about his son’s surgery during an emotional monologue on his show.
“It was the longest three hours of my life,” he shared.
The 2017 Oscars host then pleaded for all children to have health care just as the Republican party was working to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
“Yes, it is true that if you have an emergency they will do an operation, and that’s terrific if your baby’s health problems are all solved during that one visit,” he said.
“The only problem is that never, ever happens.”
For most people, and in Billy’s case, it requires multiple surgeries to fix the problem.
“We’ve had a dozen doctor’s appointments since our son had surgery,” he continued.
“You have a cardiologist, a pediatrician, the surgeons, some kids need an ambulance to transport them — and that doesn’t even count parents who have to miss work for all this stuff.”
We’re happy to hear he’s doing well, Jimmy!