Jimmy Kimmel provides encouraging update on his son's heart surgery

The talk show host keeps his fans in the loop.
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Jimmy Kimmel may on summer vacation, but he has continued to communicate with his fans. While a slate of impressive guests hosts have stepped in to fill his shoes on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host has stepped away from the spotlight to spend time with his family. In particular, his son Billy, who's health struggles have been well-documented.

Kimmel, who gave a tearful monologue recounting the complications surrounding Billy's birth in 2017, discussed Billy's condition during a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight. He assured fans that his son is stronger than ever, and that the open heart surgery he underwent has been deemed a success.

Jimmy Kimmel assured fans that Billy is recovering

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"Billy's doing great," the host revealed. "He had open-heart surgery; you know he's got the scars and everything, but he's just mentally right back where he was which is crazy." Jimmy Kimmel went on to note that Billy is going to have to take it easy when it comes to physical activity, though:

"Physically, you know, we're gonna have to be careful with him for a couple of months, but he's doing really well."

Kimmel went on to admit that he was concerned about the long term effects of Billy's open heart surgery, but the doctors assured him that his body is still growing, and the accompanying resilience will make it easier for him to make a full recovery.

Kimmel is still on hiatus from his talk show

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"They're made of rubber, you know," the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host quipped. "Everybody says that kids are so resilient and the doctors actually explained it to me which I don't know why it never occurred to me before because they're still growing."

Things could not be going much better for Kimmel in terms of his son's recovery, which is a huge relief to us and everyone who followed Billy's story over the last several years.

Elsewhere, Kimmel will be spearheading a revival of the classic game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? The revival will premiere Wednesday, July 10, and feature Kimmel as host. He previously served as a host for the 2020 revival, so it's safe to say he knows what he's doing.

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