Jimmy Kimmel made a triumphant, emotional and tear-filled return to late-night television on Monday.
After taking last week off because his child had a heart procedure, the comedian came out for his opening monologue yesterday with a very special guest:
His son, Billy!
“I was out last week – because this guy had heart surgery," Kimmel told his audience, his seven-month in his arms and tears in his eyes.
"But look he’s fine everybody, he may have pooped but he’s fine. Daddy cries on TV but Billy doesn’t… it’s unbelievable.”
Kimmel shared the story of Billy’s health problems with viewers back in May.
He then became an advocate for universal health care, making it his mission to make sure kids everywhere – regardless of their parents’ wealth – could afford the best care possible.
In this case, though, the only message Kimmel sent was about little Billy and how he’s holding up these days.
“Billy is doing great, by the way. He has one more surgery – this is amazing – he had an operation a week ago," the host said, adding:
"They say he’ll probably on track to win at least a bronze medal at the Olympics in 2036.”
Billy was born in April.
He underwent his first surgery just days later because he wasn’t getting enough oxygen, the doctors explained at the time.
After giving a heartfelt speech about his son and pushing for a better health care system, Kimmel found himself at the center of a political debate.
But he held his ground. He continued his fight.
And, most importantly, so did little Billy.
During his monologue, Kimmel called out politicians and referred to the Children’s Health Insurance Policy.
"Why hasn’t CHIP been funded already?" he asked. "If these were potato chips they were taking away from us, we would be marching on Washington with pitchforks and spears right now."
"Jam the House and Senate phones tonight, tomorrow – as long as it takes. Tell them to take a break from tax cuts for a minute and fully fund CHIP immediately."
Watch the adorable toddler and his father make all late-night viewers cry now: