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Jimmy Kimmel Biography

Jimmy Kimmel

Synopsis

Jimmy Kimmel is one of the wealthiest and famous American talk show hosts. He is also a comedian, writer, and producer as well. He is also the co-host of comedy television show, The Man Show, and television game show, Win Ben Stein’s Money.

In 1999, Kimmel won the Daytime Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Game Show Host’ for ‘Win Ben Stein's Money’ along with Ben Stein. He featured on Time Magazine’s list of ‘100 most authoritative People in the World’ in 2013. The same year, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2013, Kimmel married Molly McNearney and they have two children, Jane Kimmel and William John Kimmel. Previously, he married Gina Kimmel with whom he has two children, Katherine Kimmel and Kevin Kimmel. They divorced on 16th June 2003.

Early life and education

Jimmy Kimmel was born James Christian Kimmel on 13th November 1967 Brooklyn, New York, U.S. he belongs to White-American race/ethnicity and holds American nationality.

Kimmel is born to Joan Kimmel, a homemaker, and James Kimmel, an executive in IBM. He has two siblings, Jonathan Kimmel and Jill Kimmel. Kimmel was raised in Roman Catholic and worked as an altar boy at church as a child.

At the age of nine, Kimmel’s family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. He completed his High School graduation from the Ed W. Clark High School. He was an excellent student.

Later, Kimmel joined the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for a year and Arizona State University for two years. In 2013, Jimmy obtained an Honorary Degree from UNLV.

Career

Jimmy Kimmel began his professional career while he was in high school. He started working in radio right before he completed his high school studies.

Kimmel dropped out of Arizona State University to further pursue his career in radio. Due to his impressive speaking skills, he was quickly noticed and hired by KROQ-FM situated in Los Angeles.

In the late 90s, Kimmel decided to explore the world of television. He became the comic foil to Ben Stein on the American television game show, Win Ben Stein’s Money from 1997 to 2001.

Kimmel has co-hosted an American comedy television show, The Man Show. He also had co-created and performed on American television show, Crank Yankers.

In 2003, Kimmel began to host his show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, a late-night talk show which airs on ABC. He also has been a guest host on Live with Regis & Kelly and Larry King Life.

Kimmel further explored another segment and became a producer. He has also produced shows including, The Sports Show with Norm Macdonald and The Andy Milonakis Show.

Recently, there were rumors that Kimmel is planning to retire from the talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! However, he denied the rumors and said,

“I’m under contract doing the show at least until 2020, unless something terrible happens, so I plan to be there, but who knows, in three years – three years is a long time. You know, it’s a lot of shows. Yes, I still enjoy doing the show, but that’s 600 shows from now, so we’ll see. Hopefully, I’ll still have a head of steam, and I’ll want to keep doing it, but who knows? Maybe not.”

Kimmel has hosted a number of shows and award functions including, The Man Show, Crank Yankers, The Andy Milonakis Show, American Music Awards of 2006, American Music Awards of 2007, Jimmy Kimmel’s Big Night of Stars, and 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Kimmel has also been a part of various movies, Road Trip, Like Mike, The Aristocrats, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Windy City Heat, and few others.

Personal life

Jimmy Kimmel married twice in his life. He first tied the knot with Gina Maddy in 1988. They have two children, daughter Katherine Kimmel and son Kevin Kimmel. However, the former pair divorced in 2002, after being together for more than fourteen years.

After his divorce, Kimmel was in a relationship with the stand-up comedian-actress, Sarah Silverman. Their relationship lasted for more than nine years, but they decided to part ways in 2009.

In October 2009, Kimmel met screenwriter, Molly McNearey, a co-head writer on his talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The couple dated for three years and engaged in August 2012.

A year later, the couple tied the knot. Kimmel and McNearey have two children, Jane Kimmel and William John Kimmel.

Net worth

Jimmy Kimmel’s net worth is estimated around $35 million. Besides, being paid for his talk show and hosting award function, he also earns a lot of money from endorsements & sponsorship. He makes around $915,033, and his yearly income is estimated approximately $4 million.

Kimmel owns three homes in the Los Angeles area; one in Hermosa Beach and two in the Hollywood Hills. In 2002, he purchased his first Hollywood Hills home, five-bath, and five-bed, with 3,605 square feet area for $925,000.

In 2010, Kimmel purchased Hollywood Hills house for $1,100,000, three-bath and three-bed, with 1,962 square feet area. He bought a dream house for his parents on Hermosa Beach, California.

Kimmel has also sold his 5-bedroom house in 10,628-square-feet property with views of mountain ranges, canyons & city lights at night in the East Hollywood Hills for $2.18 million.

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