Jimmy Kimmel Cries After Ellen DeGeneres Surprises Him With a Touching Dedication to Son Billy
By Antoinette Bueno
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Jimmy Kimmel got emotional during his recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing Tuesday, when the host surprised him with a meaningful tribute to his son, Billy.
Kimmel has been very open about his son Billy being born with a heart defect, and having to undergo open-heart surgery last April at just three days old. DeGeneres praised Kimmel for his outspokenness on such a personal issue, and surprised the late night host with a live shot of the room in the Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles that she named in honor of Billy. DeGeneres and her viewers had raised $1 million for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where Billy underwent heart surgery.
Kimmel shed tears as he looked at a shot of the door of the Billy Kimmel room, which now has a plaque reading, "In honor of Billy Kimmel." He also said hi to a few of Billy's nurses, who were sitting in the audience.
"Wow, thank you very much," Kimmel told DeGeneres, fighting back tears. "It means a lot to me."