Jimmy Kimmel Gives Update On Newborn Son's Health

Jimmy Kimmel returned to Jimmy Kimmel Live with an update on his newborn son's health.

At the top of the show on May 8, 2017, the late night host said, "Our son Billy is doing very well. He's eating, he's getting bigger, he's sleeping well." He then joked, "He can read now, which they say is unusual for his age."

The comedian took a week off for paternity leave following an emotional monologue, during which he announced that Billy needed emergency open-heart surgery only hours after he was born. The video has since been watched by millions.

During the heartfelt monologue, Kimmel also made an impassioned case for the Affordable Care Act. "There was so much kindness, so much compassion, it was hard to even process," he shared. "But there were also some not so nice things that people said online, including members of the media."

In response to being labeled by some as an "out of touch Hollywood elitist creep," the loving father sarcastically said, "I would like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care."

He continued, "It was insensitive. It was offensive, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me."

Kimmel also addressed the controversial "Trumpcare" bill passed by the House of Representatives last week, which could potentially cost millions of Americans their health insurance.

"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 the United States of America!" he joked.

He even invited Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy—who famously coined the term "Jimmy Kimmel Test"—onto the show to discuss the health care debate as the Senate creates its own version of the bill. What does Kimmel think this eponymous test should be? "I'll keep it simple...no family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise, because they can't afford it."

Cassidy was all for this, but added, "We gotta be able to pay for it, and that's the challenge."