35 Facts About Jimmy Kimmel

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Jimmy Kimmel has produced such shows as Crank Yankers, Sports Show with Norm Macdonald, and The Andy Milonakis Show.

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Jimmy Kimmel is the longest-working of all current late-night talk show hosts in the United States, following Conan O'Brien's retirement from hosting a late-night program.

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Jimmy Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in the neighborhood of Mill Basin as the eldest of three children of Joan and James John Jimmy Kimmel, who worked at American Express and was an IBM executive.

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Jimmy Kimmel was raised Catholic and, as a child, was an altar server.

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Jimmy Kimmel's mother is of Italian ancestry from Ischia, Naples, and her family migrated to the United States after the 1883 earthquake.

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Jimmy Kimmel graduated from Ed W Clark High School, and then attended University of Nevada, Las Vegas for one year before transferring to Arizona State University.

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Jimmy Kimmel was the host of a Sunday night interview show on UNLV's college station, KUNV.

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In 1989, Jimmy Kimmel landed his first paying job alongside Voss as morning drive co-host of The Me and Him Show at KZOK-FM in Seattle, Washington.

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Jimmy Kimmel went on to host his own show at KCMJ in Palm Springs, California, where he recruited Carson Daly, who had been a family friend since his childhood, as his intern.

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10.

Jimmy Kimmel spent five years as "Jimmy The Sports Guy" for the Kevin and Bean morning show.

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11.

Jimmy Kimmel declined several offers for television shows from producer Michael Davies, being uninterested in the projects, until he was offered a place as the comedic counterpart to Ben Stein on the game show Win Ben Stein's Money, which began airing on Comedy Central in 1997.

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In 1999, during his time on Win Ben Stein's Money, Jimmy Kimmel co-hosted and co-produced, Comedy Central's The Man Show.

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Jimmy Kimmel left Win Ben Stein's Money in 2001 and was replaced by comedian Nancy Pimental, who was eventually replaced by Jimmy Kimmel's cousin Sal Iacono.

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14.

Jimmy Kimmel produced and co-wrote the feature film Windy City Heat, Festival Prize winner of the Comedia Award for Best Film at the 2004 Montreal Comedy Festival.

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Jimmy Kimmel was then chased down by Damon, who was cursing about Kimmel being behind all this.

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16.

In spring 1996, Kimmel appeared as "Jimmy the Fox Guy" in promos on the Fox Network.

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Jimmy Kimmel has had numerous appearances on other talk shows, including Live with Regis and Kelly, The Howard Stern Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and the Late Show with David Letterman.

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Jimmy Kimmel has appeared on The Late Show five times, most recently in 2010.

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19.

Jimmy Kimmel served as roastmaster for the New York Friars' Club Roast of Hugh Hefner and the Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson.

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20.

Jimmy Kimmel himself has questioned the record, suggesting that a world leader or the Pope must actually hold the record.

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21.

Jimmy Kimmel has performed in several animated films, often voicing dogs.

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22.

Jimmy Kimmel derided Leno in front of a live studio audience for taking back the 11:35 pm time slot from Conan O'Brien, and repeatedly insulted Leno.

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23.

In June 2018, Kimmel was challenged by U S Senator Ted Cruz to a one-on-one basketball game after Kimmel compared Cruz's appearance to that of a blobfish.

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24.

Jimmy Kimmel is currently the host and co-executive producer of a celebrity edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which premiered for the show's 20th anniversary in 2020 and continued into 2021.

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25.

Jimmy Kimmel later issued an apology for his actions and for taking a long time to address the criticism.

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26.

In July 2019, Jimmy Kimmel released his first book, The Serious Goose, an interactive children's picture book featuring his own illustrations that tasks readers with helping to make the serious goose smile.

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27.

Jimmy Kimmel wrote a piece for Time about his love for Letterman, saying:.

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28.

Jimmy Kimmel had a relationship with comedian Sarah Silverman from 2002 to March 2009.

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29.

Jimmy Kimmel was born with a rare congenital heart defect, tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia, which was first detected when he had a purplish appearance at three hours after birth.

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30.

The first guests Jimmy Kimmel had when his show returned following his son's birth were cardiac surgeon Mehmet Oz, who explained the condition, and snowboarder Shaun White, who was born with TOF.

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Kimmel later cited his son's condition in a monologue criticizing a previous guest, Senator Bill Cassidy, who had co-authored a congressional healthcare bill, for not living up to the "Jimmy Kimmel test" regarding access for patients with preexisting conditions.

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32.

In 2020, Jimmy Kimmel learned that he and Martha Stewart are cousins through a genealogy report on the TV show Finding Your Roots.

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33.

Jimmy Kimmel co-founded the annual Los Angeles Feast of San Gennaro, a New York City annual tradition, and co-hosted the eighth annual Los Angeles version in 2009.

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34.

Jimmy Kimmel has served as the Honorary Mayor of Dildo, Newfoundland, since August 2019.

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35.

In 2021, Jimmy Kimmel became the title sponsor of the LA Bowl, a college football bowl game to be played annually in Los Angeles.

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