Jimmy Kimmel is typically known for his elaborate pranks, his Mean Tweets, and his beef with Matt Damon.
But last night viewers saw a different side of the late night host as he opened up about his newborn son, who is facing medical issues.
Kimmel’s wife Molly gave birth to their son Billy on April 21. Within hours of him making his debut, nurses quickly realized something was not right. After several tests, doctors discovered that the baby had a congenital heart disease that required surgery. The surgery was a success, thanks to the amazing doctors and Children’s Hospital L.A., and the well-wishes of Kimmel’s family and friends. Situations like this are a reminder that such issues can happen to anyone, regardless of fame and fortune, and that everyone has a story.
Jimmy and his family are counting their blessings that their son was able to be helped and that they had the money to do so. Some are not as fortunate, which Jimmy acknowledged. With this in mind, towards the end, as he discussed the implications of some of Trump’s proposed healthcare plans. Kimmel said,
“If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make. I think that’s something that, if you’re a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right? I mean, we do! Whatever your party, whatever you believe, whoever you support, we need to make sure that the people who represent us—the people who are meeting about this right now in Washington—understand this very clearly. Let’s stop with the nonsense.”
And Jimmy ended with a powerful statement to reinforce the dangers of some of the proposed healthcare initiatives. Kimmel stated,
“No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life. It just shouldn’t happen. Not here.”
We wish the Kimmels the best as they navigate this new journey with their son.
Watch the full monologue to hear Jimmy’s emotional retelling of his son’s diagnosis.
Allie Bush is a Contributing Writer at Femestella. She is interested in creating and sharing entertaining and engaging content, in whatever form it may take. She is a proud TV junkie and in her spare time can be found watching late night talk shows, talking about Chrissy Teigen or Amy Poehler, or eating off of other people’s plates.