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Jimmy Kimmel got emotional as he revealed that his son William John Kimmel was born on April 21, 2017 with a serious heart issue. Jimmy Kimmel got emotional as he revealed that his son William John Kimmel was born on April 21, 2017 with a serious heart issue.
One week after Jimmy Kimmel's impassioned words about his newborn son's health crisis and the country's health care system, the late night host returned Monday, May 8, 2017 night with more to say. One week after Jimmy Kimmel's impassioned words about his newborn son's health crisis and the country's health care system, the late night host returned Monday, May 8, 2017 night with more to say.
Jimmy Kimmel tweeted an update and adorable photo of his baby son on Friday, July 21, 2017, more than two months after opening up about his newborn's health on his late-night talk show. In doing so he also re-entered the health care debate. Jimmy Kimmel tweeted an update and adorable photo of his baby son on Friday, July 21, 2017, more than two months after opening up about his newborn's health on his late-night talk show. In doing so he also re-entered the health care debate.
By Lisa Respers France CNN

(CNN) -- Jimmy Kimmel is off his show this week, but it's for a good reason.

The late-night host has taken time off to care for his son, who underwent a second heart surgery Monday.

"ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' welcomes guest hosts this week," the network said in a statement. "Jimmy's son, Billy, had a scheduled and successful heart surgery this morning."

Some "celebrity Samaritans" have stepped up to fill in for Kimmel, including Chris Pratt, Tracee Ellis Ross, Neil Patrick Harris and Melissa McCarthy.

Kimmel revealed in May during an emotional monologue on his late night show that his son William John Kimmel was born on April 21 with a serious heart issue. The newborn had open-heart surgery a few days after he was born.

Since then, Kimmel has used his experience as the parent of a sick child to become one of the most high-profile advocates in the health care debate.

In July, he offered an update on his son, whom the family calls Billy.

"Billy is 3 months old & doing great. Thx for the love & support," Kimmel tweeted. "Please remind your Congresspeople that every kid deserves the care he got."

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