Like father, like son — Jimmy Kimmel and his son, Billy, both charmed Kimmel's viewers Monday night.
Billy arrived in April with a serious congenital heart defect that required surgery immediately after his birth to repair a blocked pulmonary valve. Last Monday, he had a successful second surgery and Kimmel took a small hiatus from his late-night show.
"I was out last week because this guy had heart surgery, but look, he’s fine, everybody," the funnyman said getting choked up. "He may have pooped, but he’s fine."
"Daddy cries on TV, but Billy doesn’t — it’s unbelievable," Kimmel added before thanking the staff at Children's Hospital and talking about the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
"Now CHIP has become a bargaining chip," Kimmel said of the program that helps cover children whose parents' incomes are too high for Medicaid. "It's on the back burner while they work out the new tax plans."
"Why hasn't CHIP been funded already?" the Jimmy Kimmel Live host asked. "If these were potato chips they were taking away from us, we would be marching on Washington with pitchforks and spears right now."
Kimmel, who has been an advocate for affordable health care, urged his viewers to call Congress.
"Jam the House and Senate phones tonight, tomorrow — as long as it takes," he said. "Tell them to take a break from tax cuts for a minute and fully fund CHIP immediately."
Kimmel also offered viewers an update on his son's health. "Billy is doing great, by the way. He has one more surgery," Kimmel said. "They say he’s probably on track to win at least a bronze medal in the Olympics in 2036."
Photos: Jimmy Kimmel turns 50
Jimmy Kimmel, host of the late-night talk show 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' and multiple award shows including the Oscars and Emmys, celebrates his 50th birthday on Nov. 13, 2017. USA TODAY captured Kimmel in this portrait at the 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' studio in Hollywood on Sept. 13, 2016. Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY
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