Jimmy Kimmel Leaving Show For Sick Son, 7-Year-Old Billy

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Jimmy Kimmel might be leaving his late-night talk show soon. This news comes from inside sources who say that Kimmel is making a decision soon regarding his future. The reason he might choose to leave is the sad health crisis of his seven-year-old son Billy.

Here is what you need to know about Kimmel, his son, and his future on television.

Jimmy Kimmel Might Leave Talk Show For His Son

The news indicates that Jimmy Kimmel might be leaving his popular late-night talk show to spend more time with his son, Billy. His son has developed a devastating health crisis, and Jimmy is deciding that family time is more important than remaining a television star.

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Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Kimmel Live, YouTube

“Jimmy and his wife are putting family above fame,” the source said (via Radar Online). They mentioned that Jimmy’s contract expires in 2025, and he might leave and not return to his show. “With their financial future set, they’re ready to leave the limelight to focus on what really matters,” the source continued. “Jimmy’s contract is up in 2025, and he has no plans to sign on again.”

This decision comes after Billy had to have his third open-heart surgery to correct a congenital heart defect at just seven years old. Jimmy’s wife, Molly McNearney, is a co-head writer for his show, but the source said both of them would leave the series if it meant spending more time with their son.

“Life’s too short to waste on a job that no longer sparks joy,” the insider finished.

Jimmy Kimmel’s Publicist Denies The Rumors

While this all makes sense, Radar Online also spoke with Jimmy Kimmel’s publicist, who denied that this was set in stone. The publicist said it was “silly” to assume Jimmy was discussing his contract with anyone after his son’s recent surgery.


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However, another insider said this was a real possibility. They said that Jimmy and his wife would consider “producing and developing shows behind the scenes.” However, their main focus in life is on spending it with Billy.

Kimmel previously told the audience about Billy’s health problems. When he was born, he had heart disease called “tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia. Basically, the pulmonary valve was completely blocked, and he has a hole in the wall between the left and right sides of his heart.”

Jimmy said that they hoped to have a non-invasive procedure in his early teens to replace the valve he has now. This was in 2017, and Jimmy mentioned that the third surgery had come now instead of later.

What are your thoughts on Jimmy Kimmel leaving late-night television after his contract ends? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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    1. Prayer’s for your son & family…I could not wait to come home from work to your wonderful late night Jimmy Kimmel show loved& laughed & happy yo she smiles

  1. Jimmy and family watch your show every night coming from a crazy italian family.Love of my life just passed June 13, 2023. You kept me hopefull about America but someone will pick up the slack, hopefully! You both need to be with him right now! Be with him and tell Aunt Chippie our Aunt Theresa and Uncle Freddurica will keep the prayers going. Just retired from 35 years of Catholic Education.

  2. Blessings to Billy & the entire Kimmel Family. Time with your loved ones, esp. your children is of utmost importance. the Kimmels minds are made up ♡

  3. Jimmy Kimmel leaving Late Night. . .or considering leaving. . .is responsible parenting at this point. Prayers for Billy.
    And, a change in the years-long montologues could bring positive outcomes. (guess it’s the writers, too) All three Late Night hosts are stuck and stale.

  4. If Kimmel is expected to leave his namesake show next year citing personal reasons, that’s completely understandable.
    Late night talk/comedy shows, like a lot of other shows on TV these days, have become unwatchable in recent years. the only time late night TV was at its very best was back when good old Johnny Carson was still around. Jay Leno, David Letterman, and Arsenio Hall, their time came and went. SNL is still around, even though MadTV and The Midnight Special are no longer around.
    It’d certainly be interesting to see whether or not the ABC newsmagazine show Nightline might get its old 11:30/10:30 slot back, and be expanded to full-hour. Hmmm.

  5. Sounds.. by Kimmels post..like Billy’s doing great.
    One thing about a job like his is that it distracts from the things he’d be fixated on if he left…him and his wife.
    Exactly what Johnny, David, Jimmy, Jimmy have done for all of us.. all these years.
    If there was anything remotely devastating about Billy he would have been gone by now instead of giving us happy updates.

  6. Jimmy is very family orientated man. He and his wife know what’s truly important and I’ll miss him but I understand. God bless him and his family.

  7. Do not tell a parent who might lose his child what he should do. How dare you. Just pray for the family and hope you don’t face something similar. Losing my son early in his life was the worst chapter and I am 83 💕

  8. Your family comes first. You know that.

    As a pretty good West Coast journalist, I married a good man and we had a really fine son (as you did) but my career died as the spouse was transferred to SF and then to NYC. I had been a very ambitious young woman, but over time I realized that my personal ambitions were less important than the success of my child. Happily, he has done well, and I am praying that your son will do well too.

    I am unaffiliated politically and never have voted for DJT. The outcome of this year’s election (Biden or Trump? yuck!) does not matter to me, although, of course, I wish our political discussions were more serious.

    I am praying for your son and your family.

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