Jimmy Kimmel Says Talking About Politics On The Show Has Cost Him

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It seems like now more than ever celebrities are very vocal about our nation's political climate.

Although some people will say that Hollywood stars should remain quiet about political affairs, it hasn't stopped people like Jimmy Kimmel from speaking out about certain issues.

Since early last year, the late night host of Jimmy Kimmel Live, has steered away from comedy to talk about serious topics during some of his nightly opening monologues.

It seemed to have started with him opening up about his ill son, Billy, who was born with a blocked valve and a hole in his heart, a condition known as Tetralogy of Fallot. Three days after birth, the newborn had to endure a three-hour open-heart emergency surgery to save his life.


Thanks to the amazing medical team at the Los Angeles Children's Hospital, little Billy's initial treatment was successful and he was able to go home soon after.

Kimmel shared his son's story on live television to highlight the work that doctors and nurses across the nation are doing every day, and to raise awareness for the importance of universal healthcare. The funnyman choked up as he called on his fans to get in touch with their local representatives and pressure them about renewing the Children's Health Insurance Plan.

Kimmel previously admitted that it is "uncomfortable" to open up about about his personal life and views so publicly, but that did not deter him from continuing to deliver politically-charged speeches throughout the year.

He recently sat down with Oprah Winfrey for an interview featured in the latest issue of O magazine, and opened up some more about the impact talking about politics has had on his show.

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