Jimmy Kimmel returned to his late night television show on Monday evening after taking time off to welcome home his son, Billy, and to find out as much as he could about the heart condition his son was born with. Those days Jimmy was able to spend with his family were crucial to them and Jimmy is enormously thankful for everyone who stepped in and made that possible.
However, he was met with criticism because of the emotional speech he gave where he announced that Billy had a heart condition at birth and also made a statement about the healthcare system in America. As he returned to his show, he addressed that backlash in a way that was striking but classy.
‘One week ago tonight, I made an emotional speech -– that was seen by millions -– and as a result of my powerful words, Republicans in Congress had second thoughts about repeal and replace, they realized that what is right is right -– and I saved health insurance in America!” Kimmel, 49, said during Monday’s opening monologue. “Oh, I didn’t? They voted against it anyway? I really need to pay more attention to the news.‘
Jimmy’s response to Newt Gingrich’s interview with Fox News Sunday, during which he made a statement saying that never would a hospital turn a child away in an emergency.
Kimmel got real about the situation: “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 that never, ever happens. We’ve had a dozen doctor’s appointments since our son had surgery. 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.”
He also went on to say that Newt forgot to mention a lot of important details about what actually happens when you have a child with an emergency health problem.
Then, Jimmy shows his true annoyance in the best way he can, laced with humor and sarcasm. He says that Gingrich is obviously an expert on sick children as well as the late night comedy business before showing another clip of the interview. In this clip, Gingrich says comedians ‘ain’t funny’ because they’re so angry. Jimmy laughs as he says people are angry because of Gingrich and people like him.
There is more in the video posted above, but the point here is that it took bravery for Jimmy to stand up and share the story of Billy’s birth and heart condition. It also took bravery to stand up against the hateful reactions he received and he displayed that bravery very well.
We’re sending out support to Jimmy and his family and we’re also glad to see that he hasn’t allowed naysayers to influence the way he uses his platform.
‘…but I knew him’