The American TV presenter and comedian James Christian Kimmel alias Jimmy Kimmel has an enviable career, to say the least. His interest in radio/TV began in his high school days when he was a presenter of shows on the school’s radio station.
He switched to television in 1997 and got his first breakthrough as a comedian on the Comedy Central game show “Win Ben Stein’s Money”. Just before the new millennium dawned, Kimmel had won a Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding game show hosts.
After producing several shows for Comedy Central, Jimmy went to ABC, where he focused on the new self-titled show that would bring him international recognition. Today, Kimmel is known for hosting numerous award shows from the Emmys to the Oscars.
Jimmy Kimmel Family: Wife, Baby, Son
Jimmy Kimmel was married twice. His first marriage was to Gina Maddy in 1988. It lasted until 2002 when they divorced. The marriage produced two children, Kevin and Katherine.
After a long-term relationship with his comedy colleague Sarah Silverman, which lasted from 2002 to 2009, Kimmel began to get together with Molly McNearney, a co-writer for his show. They got engaged in August 2012 and about a year later, in July 2013, they formed a marriage.
The couple welcomed their first child together, daughter Jane, on July 10, 2014. Their son, William “Billy” John, arrived on April 21, 2017.
Unfortunately, the baby was born with a rare heart disease known as tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) with pulmonary atresia. Kimmel’s son was discovered three hours after his birth due to the appearance of a purple coloration and had to undergo surgery.
This brings the total number of Kimmel’s children to four, two from each of his wives. The family lives in a $2.2 million mansion in Hollywood Hills, California.
Net Worth: $35 million
Jimmy’s biggest moneymaker is his self-titled ABC show, which earns him no less than $10 million a year. The numbers, however, we’re nowhere near as high as when he started in 2003, with Kimmel earning $1.7 million in his first year on the show.
Fortunately, his comedic skills were well received by the coveted target group of 18 to 49-year-olds, so his ratings went up and his paycheck went up as well. Kimmel took advantage of the social media by posting clips of the signature segments of his show on his YouTube channel, which soon reached over 4.5 billion viewers.
Kimmel earned $6 million from the show in 2009. In May 2016, he renewed his contract with ABC for three years. By February 2017, Kimmel’s show had aired 14 seasons, making it the longest-running late-night talk show in ABC history.
His success in his show of the same name has attracted other presenters and non-presenters alike. He hosted the American Music Awards five years in a row. These additional appearances help to increase Jim’s income.
He received $15,000 for hosting the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. He resumed his role at the 90th edition in 2018. Kimmel has also made a name for himself as a voice actor and has lent his voice to a number of cartoon characters. Some of his cartoons include Road Trip (2000) and Garfield: The Movie (2004) and The Boss Baby (2017).
Jimmy Kimmel used to be a fat guy, and fans of his Jimmy Kimmel Live! that premiered in 2003 still had images of a fat Jim in their minds. But in 2010, when he weighed up to 208 pounds, he decided to do something about it.
Kimmel adopted a strange diet plan called 5:2. What does this ratio mean? Well, the 5:2 diet means that Jim starts fasting two days a week (he chooses Mondays and Thursdays) when he eats very little – no more than 500 calories.
Lunch for those two days may include apple and peanut butter, sometimes protein, and if he doesn’t seem to be getting his hunger under control, a plate of oatmeal.
The good news is that for the other 5 days Jim is allowed to “eat like a pig”, everything from steak to pasta to pizza. While renowned doctors like Dr. Oz have expressed skepticism about the diet, it has worked for Kimmel, who has lost at least 25 pounds and even looks muscular, although he doesn’t move much.
Kimmel now weighs about 182 pounds.