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Television personality and comedian Jimmy Kimmel hosted Comedy Central's game show, Win Ben Stein's Money, and the late night talk show late Jimmy Kimmel Live.
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In 2003, Gina filed for divorce, and Kimmel sought solace in friend and Crank Yankers compatriot, Sarah Silverman. The two began dating shortly thereafter, making an alternately sweet and antagonistic team—one with an unusual penchant for sharing personal details in a highly public way.
Kimmel and Silverman briefly split in 2008, and after reuniting later that year,
the couple broke up a second and final time in 2009. Shortly after the break-up, Kimmel made a TV appearance on The View. Asked why the relationship ended, he said, "What do you mean, what happened? Look at me. What do you think happened? I'm a 41-year-old man with a bra filled with Koosh balls. I'm an imbecile. She couldn't date an imbecile anymore." Kimmel and Silverman remain close friends.
With several hit shows under his belt, ABC showed an interest in Kimmel as a potential late night host in the early 2000s. Jimmy Kimmel Live! debuted on January 26, 2003, to mediocre reviews. However, thousands of episodes later, Kimmel has earned the respect of A-list guests and beat out rival late-night talk shows in the ratings. Over the show's decade-long run, ABC has repeatedly extended Kimmel's contract due to his continued success as a host. In 2012, the network announced that it would move Jimmy Kimmel Live! to an earlier time slot to compete against NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Kimmel began dating Molly McNearney, a co-head writer on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, in 2009. In August 2012, the couple announced their engagement.
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