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Jimmy Kimmel Responds To Critics Of His Emotional Healthcare Monologue

Jimmy Kimmel returned to his show Monday night and responded to critics of his emotional monologue about his newborn son's open heart surgery.

"One week ago tonight, I made an emotional speech -– that was seen by millions -– and as a result of my powerful words, Republicans in Congress had second thoughts about repeal and replace, they realized that what is right is right -– and I saved health insurance in America!", Kimmel began.

"Oh, I didn't? They voted against it anyway? I really need to pay more attention to the news."

"I would like to apologize for saying children in America should have health care," he said sarcastically. "It was insensitive, offensive and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me."

Kimmel then turned to some of his critics, describing them as "sick and sad people", focusing on the former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, who said on Fox News that hospitals would never turn away a sick baby in an emergency.

"Yes, it is true that if you have an emergency they will do an operation, and that's terrific if your baby's health problems are all solved during that one visit. The only problem is that never, ever happens," he explained. "We've had a dozen doctor's appointments since our son had surgery."

"You have a cardiologist, a pediatrician, the surgeons, some kids need an ambulance to transport them – and that doesn't even count parents who have to miss work for all this stuff. Those details Newt forgot to mention."

"The double layers of Spanx are restricting the blood flow to his brain," he said of Gingrich.

"This is a man who helped lead the impeachment effort against Bill Clinton for helping cover up his affair while he was having an affair. That's hilarious. There’s a reason he's named after a lizard and that was it."

As for Billy, Kimmel said his son was now "doing very well."

"He's eating, he is getting bigger. He is sleeping well. He can read now – which they say is unusual for a child his age," he joked.

Kimmel also took time to thank his viewers for the donations made to Children's Hospital Los Angeles in the last week.

"What a humbling outpouring of support. So many people made donations to CHLA and my wife and I are very grateful. Our plan is to send a card to everyone who made a donation and there were a lot, so you might be getting those at Christmas time."

May 9, 2017 |

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