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Oscars: Jimmy Kimmel to Return as Host for 2018 Honors

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Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, who also oversaw the last show, will be reteaming with him for the 90th Academy Awards.

Jimmy Kimmel will be back as host of the Oscars when the 90th edition of the annual Academy Awards ceremony is held March 4.

The Academy and ABC announced Tuesday that the late night host will reunite with producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd for the 2018 show.

The trio teamed up for the first time for the most recent Oscar show Feb. 26, and while all three generally got good reviews, their contributions were overshadowed by the last-minute envelope gaffe that resulted in La La Land, and not the actual winner Moonlight, being announced as the best picture victor. As part of the official announcement, Kimmel joked, “If you think we screwed up the ending this year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show.”

As for ratings, their maiden effort resulted in a 4 percent drop in viewership from the prior year as the show attracted 32.9 million viewers.

Still, ABC, which was granted a larger advisory capacity about key elements of the show when the Academy renewed its contract with the network through 2028 last summer, was eager to see the host of its Jimmy Kimmel Live! invited back.

“Jimmy, Mike and Jennifer are truly an Oscar Dream Team,” Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in announcing their selection. “Mike and Jennifer produced a beautiful show that was visually stunning. And Jimmy proved, from his…

Jimmy Kimmel slams critics of his emotional health-care plea, calls out Newt Gingrich

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A week after Jimmy Kimmel shared the news about his newborn son’s heart defect — and made an emotional plea about preexisting conditions amid the health-care debate — he returned to his late-night show on Monday to huge applause from his studio audience.

“I made an emotional speech that was seen by millions. And as a result of my powerful words on that night, Republicans in Congress had second thoughts about repeal and replace…I saved health insurance in the United States of America,” Kimmel said triumphantly. He paused, then was “shocked” to discover the controversial bill passed in the House. “What’s that? I didn’t? I didn’t save it? They voted against it anyway?! I really need to pay more attention to the news.”

Anyway, Kimmel said, his son Billy is doing well. Kimmel also thanked viewers for their support. Then he noted that some people were very critical of his health-care comments. As you might expect, he did not hold back.

“I know this is gonna shock you — there were also some not-so-nice things that people said online about me, including members of the media,” said Kimmel, showing headlines from the New York Post (“Jimmy Kimmel’s obscene lies about kids and medical care”) and the Washington Times (“Shut up Jimmy Kimmel, you elitist creep.”)

Kimmel said he was proud of that label, because when he was growing up drinking powdered milk when his family couldn’t afford the liquid, his dream was to become an out-of-touch Hollywood elitist. “I guess it came true!” he exclaimed.

He continued the sarcasm. “I would like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health-care. It was insensitive,” Kimmel deadpanned. “It was offensive and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.”

He saved most of his ire for Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House. “There are some very sick and sad people out there. Here’s one of them, his name is Newt Gingrich,” Kimmel said. He ran a clip of Gingrich on “Fox News Sunday” criticizing Kimmel’s comments and saying that when a newborn has a heart problem, doctors will help immediately, and not wait until the family cuts a check.

“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. The only problem is…

Taking Jimmy Kimmel’s lecture to heart

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I don’t need comedian Jimmy Kimmel to lecture me on pre-existing conditions and insurance coverage. Earlier this week, the funny man made national headlines for the most serious of reasons: his son was born with a congenital heart defect and required emergency surgery to save his life. The emotional roller coaster caused Kimmel to speak out on current attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, he denounced the provisions that would affect how insurance companies cover anyone with a pre-existing health condition. It is among the core issues faced by Congress today.

Kimmel’s heartfelt advocacy drew the ire of some and rebukes from others. Most detractors lambasted Kimmel for using his celebrity to speak out, as though he should forfeit his First Amendment rights because he happens to be household name. I had a very different reaction to Kimmel speaking on the topic.

When she was born, my step-daughter Bailey had a congenital heart defect. Or, more precisely as my wife Lori corrected me, three defects. Bailey required immediate intervention and surgery. To this day, my wife cannot talk about the first few weeks of Bailey’s life without tearing up.

Luckily, Lori had insurance through her employer and not only did Bailey get the help she needed, she got it from the pre-eminent pediatric surgeon in the world, Dr. Roger Mee at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Mee’s exploits in saving children’s lives is so renowned that a journalist once chronicled his work in a book entitled “Walk on Water.” If you want to know a little about what Kimmel’s family and…

GOP SENATOR: Obamacare repeal must ‘pass the Jimmy Kimmel test’

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Sen. Bill Cassidy on Friday coined a new term for GOP attempts to reform the US healthcare system, saying any GOP healthcare bill must pass the “Jimmy Kimmel test.”

Kimmel, a late night host, delivered a tearful monologue Monday night about his newborn son’s open-heart surgery and pleaded with lawmakers to keep in place certain protections of the Affordable Care Act. One of those protections is the removal of lifetime limits, which prior to the ACA would cap the amount of benefits an insurance company would pay out in a person’s lifetime.

As Kimmel said, children born with serious health problems, like his son, often hit those limits at a very young age.

Cassidy said in a Friday interview on CNN that he wanted to make sure the Senate healthcare bill kept that protection in place.

“I ask does it pass the Jimmy…

Hospital Where Jimmy Kimmel’s Son Had Open-Heart Surgery Sees Spike in Donations

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has seen a bump in donations after late night star Jimmy Kimmel shared an emotional tribute to the facility where his newborn son Billy successfully underwent open-heart surgery.

“I hope you never have to go there,” the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host said, getting choked up on Monday night while talking about CHLA in a monologue that has been viewed millions of times online. “But if you do, you’ll see so many kids from so many financial backgrounds, being cared for so well and with so much compassion.”

Hospital president and CEO Paul Viviano said CHLA has seen a higher-than-normal number of donations since Kimmel’s monologue. They’ve also received supportive calls from old patients, according to Viviano.

“We have had several hundred calls to the hospital, our heart…

Jimmy Kimmel’s son: What is Tetralogy of Fallot?

In a rare emotional monologue on his ABC show, Jimmy Kimmel opened up about the birth of his son and the scary diagnosis he received just hours after birth.


Raise your hand if you had never heard of Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia before Monday’s episode of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Awareness of this serious congenital heart defect got a big bump after the late-night host shared the story of his newborn son’s diagnosis and open-heart surgery.

Kimmel choked up as he told the audience how, a few hours after baby Billy’s relatively trouble-free delivery on April 21, a “very attentive” nurse detected a heart murmur (which is somewhat common in newborns) and observed that his skin appeared purple (which was not normal).

“They determined he wasn’t getting enough oxygen into his blood,” Kimmel recounted, “which, as far as I understand, is most likely one of two things: either his heart or his lungs.”

A chest X-ray revealed that Billy’s lungs were fine, “which meant his heart wasn’t.”

Later that night, a pediatric cardiologist diagnosed Billy with Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) with pulmonary atresia, a severe variety of a combo pack of four related congenital heart defects named for Étienne-Louis Arthur Fallot, the French doctor who identified the disease’s four defining traits in 1888.

TOF affects one in 2,500 newborns; the pulmonary atresia variety affects less than 20% of that number.

Children with TOF have all four cardiac defects in varying degrees but in Billy’s case, the two most serious problems are a completely obstructed pulmonary valve or artery (atresia) and a hole between his left and right ventricles (ventricular septal defect).

“The pulmonary valve is the aspect that needs immediate attention,” explains Dr. Nicolas Madsen, an assistant professor of pediatric cardiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and vice-chair of the Medical Advisory Board for the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association.

“Without flow through the pulmonary valve, there’s only one other way for blood to get into the lungs, and that’s through a blood vessel called the ductus arteriosus that’s wide open during pregnancy to allow blood to skip the lungs, since the placenta provides all the oxygen. But once you’re born and need all of the blood going to the lungs, that connection between the…

Jimmy Kimmel’s Humanity Underscores Heartlessness Of GOP’s Approach To The Poor

On Monday, Jimmy Kimmel, host of the late-night ABC talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” delivered a stirring monologue to open his show. With tears in his eyes, the host revealed that his wife had recently given birth to a beautiful baby boy.

But soon after, a nurse realized there was something wrong.

“Billy was born with heart disease,” Kimmel said. “At just three days old, he would need open heart surgery.”

The surgery was successful, though horrifying. “It was the longest three hours of my life,” Kimmel said. The child will require multiple other procedures in his early life, as well.

But this was more than a personal moment for Kimmel, who took the time to defend other parents who might find themselves in a familiar situation someday, without the cushion of TV money.

“Before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition,” he said. “And if your parents didn’t have medical insurance, you might not even live long [enough] to even get denied because of a pre-existing condition.”

Choking back tears, he continued, “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, whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right?”

Sadly, the answer is no.

Just hours before the monologue aired, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) told CNN’s Jake Tapper that sick people should pay more for health insurance ― an opinion reflected in the newest proposed version of a Republican health care bill.

Brooks, who is one of the more than 30 congresspeople who make up the so-called Freedom Caucus, a far-right contingent within the House of Representatives, made his comments in response to a claim by President Donald Trump. Trump stated Monday that he wanted to carry over Obamacare policies that protect people with pre-existing conditions.

“My understanding is that it…

Jimmy Kimmel tearfully reveals son’s health crisis

Kimmel chokes up over newborn's health
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(CNN)Jimmy Kimmel used his monologue Monday night to get both personal and political.

The late night host got emotional as he revealed that his son William John Kimmel was born on April 21 with a serious heart issue.

During the 13-minute long monologue, Kimmel said his wife, Molly McNearney, had an easy delivery with their second child whom they call “Billy.”

“Six pushes, he was out,” Kimmel said. “He appeared to be a healthy normal baby until about three hours after he was born.”

Kimmel said his family was there in recovery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital as little Billy met his two-year-old sister, Jane.

Then “a very attentive nurse” discovered the baby had a heart murmur and appeared to be a bit purple in color.

Tests showed the baby wasn’t getting enough oxygen into his blood. An X-ray ruled out an issue with Billy’s lungs, which meant there was a problem with the newborn’s heart, Kimmel said.

“It’s a terrifying thing,” Kimmel said, his voice breaking. “You know, my wife is back in the recovery room, she has no idea what’s going on and I’m standing in the middle of a…