Heart surgery postponed for Jimmy Kimmel's son

Surgery for Jimmy Kimmel’s infant son — who was the focus of an emotional plea for ObamaCare from the late-night host — has been postponed after the family came down with colds.

Billy Kimmel, who was born with a heart defect in April, was poised to undergo a follow-up surgery this week.

“As a precautionary measure, the scheduled second heart surgery for Jimmy Kimmel’s son Billy had to be postponed this week due to the common cold,” ABC said in a news release.


In a statement from the network, Kimmel thanked a bevy of guest hosts — including former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal, “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and actor Channing Tatum — for “filling his very small shoes” on his show this week while he and his family “sneeze on each other.”

In May, the late-night host choked up as he revealed during his “Jimmy Kimmel Live” monologue that his son was born with a heart defect, before launching into a defense of ObamaCare.

Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyAmerica's newest comedy troupe: House GOP EXCLUSIVE: Swing-state voters oppose 'surprise' medical bill legislation, Trump pollster warns Republicans grumble over Trump shifting military funds to wall MORE (R-La.) famously said later that any Republican health-care reform plans would have to pass “the Jimmy Kimmel test.”

The 49-year-old comedian’s show has seen its ratings surge as it has become increasingly political over the last several months.

When ITK asked Kimmel recently who might have the best shot at securing the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, he replied, “All bets are off now, aren’t they? It could just as easily be another reality show star.”

Kimmel, a frequent critic of President Trump, quipped, “I don’t know, we could have Tony Danza as our next president.”

Asked if he would consider trading Hollywood for public office with a political bid, Kimmel responded with a laugh, “No, that’s the last thing anybody in this country needs is me running for office.”