Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres surprised her guest and longtime friend, late night show host Jimmy Kimmel, with an unusual gift that had him wiping tears from his eyes.
DeGeneres revealed that she collaborated with the people at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles to name one of the rooms at the heart institute in honor of Kimmel’s son, Billy, who was born with a genetic heart condition.
“We called our friends at Children’s Hospital LA, including Billy’s surgeon,” DeGeneres said. “We have named one of the rooms of the Heart Institute floor in honor of Billy.” A camera in the hospital then zoomed in on the newly added sign, which read “In Honor of Billy Kimmel.”
Last year, Kimmel’s son was born with a serious heart condition that required him to undergo open-heart surgery. In his show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Kimmel used his platform to talk about his son’s health crisis and to champion better health care. He repeatedly called out politicians regarding healthcare and urged the public to hold elected officials accountable.
DeGeneres praised Kimmel’s advocacy and his courage to use his position to voice out his opinions. “You’re using your voice for good,” she said. “You’re saying a lot of important things.”
Kimmel, on the other hand, thanked DeGeneres, revealing that she and her viewers raised $1 million for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, who took care of Kimmel’s son and performed his surgery.
Kimmel also talked about the upcoming Oscar Awards, which he will be hosting for the second straight year. He revealed that he was asked to host the event just one day after last year’s event.
“I feel like maybe they [the Academy] felt sorry for me because I got caught up in the whole envelope thing,” Kimmel said, referring to the controversial incorrect announcement of last year’s Best Picture winner.