Jimmy Kimmel's Son Billy Is 'Eating and Smiling' Following Heart Surgery

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Neil Patrick Harris had some good news to share with Jimmy Kimmel Live viewers on Wednesday night.

The 44-year-old actor is among the celebrities filling in for Kimmel on the late-night show this week as he takes some time off to be with his 8-month-old son, Billy, who just underwent heart surgery. 

Harris was happy to report that Billy was "recovering very well" following the operation. "Jimmy told me today that the respirator is out," he said. "He is eating, he is smiling. So, all good news. We are sending lots of love."

Praising Kimmel's son, Harris added, "Billy is a brave little boy and it's just heart wrenching, literally, and I'm so glad he's doing well."

Kimmel's wife, Molly McNearney, who is also the head writer of JKL, also tweeted about her son's recovery. "My baby is recovering from open heart surgery but I just woke up in a full blown panic that I forgot to move my toddler’s elf on the shelf," she quipped.

The good news comes just a day after McNearney spoke with The Hollywood Reporter and gushed over her husband's monologue, where he opened up about their son's health battle.

"I was still getting all of my work emails, and I didn't get one with the monologue for that night. I emailed Jimmy, and he said, 'I just want you to watch.' So, there I am, in my living room breastfeeding Billy with my mom beside me, and we're watching," she recalled. "I sobbed through the entire thing. I couldn't believe the strength that it took to tell that story a week after it happened. He didn't have to do that."

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