In an unusually emotional, moving 13-minute monologue last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel shared the heartbreaking news of his infant son’s heart defect. William “Billy” Kimmel endured open-heart surgery just three hours after he was born, Kimmel reveals. "We had atheists praying for us," said Kimmel. "Even Matt Damon sent flowers." He used the opportunity to also reach across the aisle and push for more comprehensive, inclusive health care for all. "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, whether you're Republican or a Democrat … we all agree on that, right?" Kimmel is taking the rest of the week off, with guests hosts like Kristen Bell and Will Arnett filling in for him. He and his wife Molly McNearney also have a daughter, Jane, 2, together.
Jimmy Kimmel has received an outpouring of love and support following his announcement that his newborn son, Billy, underwent emergency open-heart surgery just a few days after birth. However, not everyone was empathetic towards the late night host. Former Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois tweeted his reaction to Kimmel’s baby news on Tuesday, writing: “Sorry Jimmy Kimmel: your sad story doesn’t obligate me or anybody else to pay for somebody else’s health care.”
Walsh, who is now a syndicated radio host, was referencing Kimmel’s opening monologue in which he made a case for former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act: “Before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease, like my son was, there’s a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition.”
Twitter was quick to criticize Walsh for his tweet, with some reminding the former Congressman about his $117,000 child support scandal, an issue he settled in 2012. Comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted: “Joe, you won’t even pay child support for your OWN kids. We already knew you felt this way, you worm. No need to tell us — we’re good.”