After Jimmy Kimmel cried during his monologue Monday as he described his newborn son’s heart surgery, he talked about affordable health care.
“No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life,” he said.
The clip — which prompted supportive tweets from former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton — could affect the current healthcare debate, as House Republicans try to get votes for their latest version of a bill to repeal Obamacare, Variety reported.
William John Kimmel, born April 21, had a congenital defect that sent him to open-heart surgery within days of his birth, the new dad said on his show Monday night.
He got emotional as he talked about what led to a three-hour surgery — which was successful — to repair a hole in Billy’s heart.
Kimmel also joked, “Poor kid, not only did he get a bad heart, he got my face.”
After thanking medical professionals involved, Kimmel joked again, “We had atheists praying for us,” he said, and even sworn enemy Matt Damon sent flowers.
JAM BAND PIONEER DIES
Southern rock legend Col. Bruce Hampton collapsed onstage at the end of a 70th birthday concert in his honor on Monday at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. He died several hours later in the hospital, Page Six reports, calling it a “bizarre scene.”
During a long version of “Turn on Your Lovelight,” Hampton fell, and laid on the stage for several minutes as John Popper played harmonica and folks onstage thought it was a stunt. But Hampton had suffered a fatal heart attack.
Also onstage were Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Chuck Leavell, Widespread Panic’s John Bell and Dave Schools, Jimmy Herring, Phish’s Jon Fishman, Jeff Sipe, Karl Denson, Duane Trucks, Leftover Salmon’s Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt, and guitarist Brandon Niederauer.
Natasha Gregson Wagner, daughter of Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner, will be at Curve, a boutique on Fillmore Street, from 2 to 6 p.m. May 4 to promote her new “gardenia-based tribute fragrance” called Natalie, which was created “in honor of her late mother.” … Live Nation’s $20 ticket promotion, running through May 9, is offering discounted seats for summer concerts, including OneRepublic, Brad Paisley, Train, Avenged Sevenfold, Chris Brown, Jim Gaffigan, KORN, Matchbox Twenty/Counting Crows and Dierks Bentley.
Dancer Cheryl Burke is 33. … Singer Eric Church is 40. … TV host Willie Geist is 42. … Actress Christina Hendricks is 42. … Actor Bobby Cannavale is 47. … Fashion expert Nina Garcia is 61. … Singer Christopher Cross is 66. … Singer Frankie Valli is 83.
— Staff, wire reports